Saudi Arabia has announced the creation of a new ministry of natural resources, which separates it from the Ministry of Energy, while replacing the head of the royal court in a vast series of government.
While plans for the massive $ 2 trillion-dollar listing of the state-owned oil company Aramco are intensified, the de facto ruler of the kingdom and the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, has led an important business man to the top of the new ministry of industry and mineral resources.
The appointment of Bandar al-Khorayef, which comes to power from the Saudi industrial conglomerate Al-Khorayef Group, was seen as a reduction in the influence on the energy minister, Khalid al-Falih. The minister was one of the architects of attempts by the world's leading exporter of flocks to diversify his oil-dependent economy.
Other royal decrees published in state media on Friday appointed Fahd al-Essa as head of the royal court, the center of power and politics in absolute monarchy. The head of the royal court is a powerful guardian in absolute monarchy.
It is a real insider and is said to be close to the crown prince, who is the de facto ruler of the kingdom and apparent heir. She was previously head of the office of Bin Salman at the Ministry of Defense.
A former information minister, Awwad al-Awwad, was appointed head of the human rights commission, while Mazen al-Kahmous was appointed new president of the national anti-corruption commission.
The shakeup precedes the first anniversary of October of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
The fallout on the murder of an insider who became a critic was widely seen as the worst diplomatic crisis in the kingdom since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, in which most hijackers were identified as Saudi citizens .
The murder has stained the image of Mohammed bin Salman even though the kingdom strongly denies that he was involved.