Al Arabiya TV reports that Prince Khalid bin Bandar has been named as the new governor of Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh Province. Khalid is the son of Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, one of the oldest, yet politically marginal sons of the country’s founder. He replaces Prince Sattam, who died earlier this week.
The nomination, Al Arabiya says, is part of a much wider realignment of positions within the Saudi government. I think it notable that positions of importance are being given to grandsons of the founder. This indicates a willingness to move forward on reforms.
Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdel Aziz appointed Prince Khalid Bin Bandar Bin Abdallaziz as the new governor of the Riyadh province on Thursday.
Prince Khalid, a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, is the first grandson of king Abdel Aziz, the founder of Saudi Arabia, to be the governer of Riyadh.
The appointed prince was a high ranking military personal and the commander of the Royal Saudi Land Forces. He was promoted from Lieutenant-General in 2011.
The King also named Turki Bin Abdullah as a deputy governor of the Riyadh province.