Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has appointed one of his sons, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman to replaced the kingdom’s Energy Minister.
Naija News understands that Prince Abdulaziz Salman is an older half-brother to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s de facto ruler.
The appointment is the first time a Saudi prince from the ruling Al Saud family heads the key energy ministry.
Prince Abdulaziz who has a lifetime of experience in energy replaces Khalid al-Falih, who had been removed just days ago as board chairman of the state-owned oil giant Aramco, as the company prepares for a much-touted initial public offering (IPO).
The prince also served as assistant oil minister until 2017 when he was named a minister of state for energy affairs. He holds degrees from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.