Saudi King Abdullah has appointed his advisor and special envoy with the rank of minister to be the prime minister’s second deputy, Saudi Press Agency reported Friday.
Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, 68, who was appointed as the king’s advisor in 2012, was director of the General of Intelligence from 2005 to 2012. He graduated with a degree in aeronautics in 1968 from Britain’s RAF College in Cranwell.
He was known for his reconciliation efforts in Pakistan and was reported to be in favor of sanctions as opposed to military action against Iran.
Since January, King Abdullah has started with many reforms including allowing women to be members in the kingdom’s Shura Council for the first time.
Also, in a move that signals bringing in a younger generation of leadership, the king appointed new governors for the oil-producing Eastern Province and for Madinah, the second holiest city in Islam.
On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia has also set new limitations on the powers of its religious police, charged with ensuring compliance with Islamic morality.