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Saudi king sacks utilities minister amid anger over prices

King Salman of Saudi. (AFP Photo/Alain Jocard)
King Salman of Saudi. (AFP Photograph/Alain Jocard)
The king of Saudi Arabia has sacked the nation’s water and electrical energy minister, Abdullah al-Hussayen, amid public anger over worth hikes, state media reported.
King Salman issued a decree on Saturday ordering his dismissal and alternative within the interim by Agriculture Minister Abdel Rahman al-Fadli, stated the official SPA information company.
His removing comes after the federal government lowered subsidies on electrical energy, water and different providers.
In March, the Arab Information day by day reported that Hussayen had referred to as on residents to get permits to dig their very own wells within the face of accelerating complaints about excessive water payments.
And earlier this month the newspaper stated that the advisory Shura Council “appeared unconvinced” when its members grilled Hussayen and his officers concerning the payments.
In December, a collection of unprecedented reforms have been adopted within the desert kingdom, which has been hit exhausting by the steep fall in international oil prices over the previous two years.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who’s seen because the architect of the reforms, is to set announce on Monday a programme aimed toward diversifying an financial system that will depend on oil for 70 % of state revenues.