Via the Saudi Gazette: King sacks Prince Miteb, relieves minister of economy and planning. Excerpt and then a comment:
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman issued a royal order on Saturday sacking Prince Miteb Bin Abdullah as the Minister of National Guard.
He has been replaced by Prince Khalid bin Abdulaziz bin Mohammed bin Ayyaf Al-Muqren.
In another royal order, the King relieved Minister of Economy and Planning Adel Fakieh of his post. He has been replaced by Mohammed bin Mazyad Al-Tuwaijri as Minister of Economy and Planning.
Three years ago, Adel Fakieh turned up often on this blog as a new health minister battling MERS when his predecessors had failed. He failed too, but he did enough to calm the Saudi healthcare system and thereby escape further scrutiny from the western media. Well, it's generally a short life but a merry one in any Saudi cabinet.
The KSA now seems to be in the throes of a palace coup by Crown Prince Mohammed. As the wonderful guy who brought us the worsening of the Yemeni civil war and the world's worst cholera outbreak, he seems unlikely to worry much about Saudi public health in general, or MERS in particular.