King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia is considering a major Cabinet reshuffle soon, the first since he ascended to the thrown of the oil-rich kingdom, diplomats and Saudi media said Monday.
The reshuffle may include key posts such as Foreign Minister, which has been held by Prince Saud al-Faisal for more than 30 years, and the influential Oil Minister, they said.
The reports came amid mounting speculations in the Saudi capital that the king was planning the reshuffle in an attempt to inject new blood into his 20-member Cabinet. When Abdullah succeeded his half brother, the late King Fahd in August 2005, he made no changes in the government.
"It is up to the (king) to decide, and no one has the right to talk about that except him," Crown Prince Sultan was quoted as saying by the Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper about the possible Cabinet reshuffle. "What he decides is good for all," he said, according to the paper, which is owned by the Saudi royal family.