Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been honored by his father King Salman to be the country’s Prime Minister.
MBS, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, was appointed prime minister by royal decree on Tuesday, September 27.
Saudi King Salman authorized a restructuring of the cabinet, giving his son the position that the king had previously held.
Under King Salman, Mohammed bin Salman previously held the positions of defense minister and deputy prime minister. His younger brother, Khalid bin Salman, who was previously the deputy defense minister, has taken over as defense minister in his place.
A new cabinet led by Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s crown prince and de facto ruler, kept Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman as the country’s energy minister.
The foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, the finance minister Mohammed al-Jadaanand and the investment minister Khalid al-Falih kept their positions in the new cabinet.
The change comes as a result of a deal reached on Sunday, September 25, in which Germany would get natural gas and diesel from the United Arab Emirates as part of a “energy security” agreement to replace Russian supplies.
At a signing witnessed by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Emirati Industry Minister Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber described it as a “landmark new deal” that “reinforces the rapidly increasing energy collaboration between the UAE and Germany.”