King Salman overhauls Saudi security apparatus


Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud has taken away key powers from the kingdom’s Interior Ministry as part of an overhaul of the country’s security agencies just a month after his son became heir to the throne, displacing the monarch’s nephew and long-time interior minister.

The king has established a homeland security agency called the Presidency of State Security, which will report to the prime minister, a title the king himself holds, according to royal decrees published by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

Some of the departments handled by the Interior Ministry – including investigations, special security forces, emergency forces, aviation security, the general directorate of forensics, the national information centre and others in charge of combating terrorism and its financing – will be moved to the new security agency.

“Whatever concerns the security of the state, including civil and military personnel, budgets, documents, and information will also be transferred to the new authority,” the royal decree stated, adding that the necessary review of laws and regulations will follow.

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Source: MEED