Saudi King Restores State Employee Bonuses as Overhaul Broadens
According to Rapporteur Report From, Press TV, Link, The king said that the bonuses were restored as revenue increased and the budget deficit declined, according to decrees carried by the official Saudi Press Agency late on Saturday. He replaced the commander of the land forces and ordered the Ministry of Finance to pay a two-month salary bonus to Saudi forces serving on the front lines with Yemen.
Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, a son of the king, was named Minister of State for Energy Affairs, while Prince Khalid bin Salman was appointed ambassador to the U.S.
The broader overhaul to the government comes as Saudi leadership confronts a slowing economy and a prolonged war in Yemen, and seeks to reset ties under President Donald Trump after a frosty relationship with the Obama administration. The drop in oil prices as well as austerity measures have caused the worst economic slowdown since the global financial crisis.