Saudi replaces housing minister after King vows to address shortage

March 12, 2015 8:43 AM

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Riyadh - The Custodian of Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, replaced the housing minister late on Wednesday, a day after pledging to speed efforts to end a shortage of homes in his first address to the nation since becoming monarch in late January.

"Relieve Housing Minister Shuwaish Al Duwaihi of his position and appoint Essam bin Saeed as minister of state and member of the cabinet to carry out the duties of Housing Minister," said a royal decree carried by state media.

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