Saudi Arabia: TV, Shiite minister named in first

After Iraqi crisis, deputy defence minister removed Saturday

30 June, 13:21

    Saudi King Abdullah ibn Abdilaziz Saudi King Abdullah ibn Abdilaziz

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT - For the first time in the history of the Saudi kingdom, Saudi authorities have appointed a Shiite minister, the pan Arab television al Arabia edited by the House of Saud reports. The broadcaster said that Muhammad ben Faysal Abusaq was appointed minister for the affairs of the Shura, a consultative council with no legislative power.

    Last Saturday, Saudi King Abdallah removed deputy defence minister, Prince Khaled ben Bandar ben Abdelaziz at the request of the minister Salman ben Abdelaziz.

    Local analysts said Saudi Arabia is concerned over the offensive of al Qaeda-inspired militants in an increasingly volatile Iraq nearby, torn by sectarian violence between Sunnis and Shiites.

    For years, the Saudi Shiite minority concentrated in the oil-rich eastern regions, has been discriminated by Riyadh's authorities. The appointment of a Shiite minister could be a sign of détente to avoid a fitna (rift) amid Muslims in the Gulf kingdom , observers say.(ANSAmed).

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