6 Nov 2011

New defence minister named

1:05 pm on 6 November 2011

Saudi Arabia has named a new defence minister after the death of Crown Prince Sultan, who had held the position for some 50 years.

State television al-Ekhbariya announced Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, 76, will take the defence post.

He is currently governor of Riyadh and is the half-brother of King Abdullah.

The BBC reports Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz has already been named as Crown Prince.

Prince Sutam bin Abdul Aziz will become Riyadh's new governor.