Riyadh: King Abdullah, the Saudi King appointed one of his sons as the new governor of Macca, a prestigious and influential position that includes oversight of Islam’s holiest shrine, the state media reported.
According to the report, Prince Mishaal, who is the king’s sixth son, will govern the province of Macca which is home to the Kaaba.
The move is a reflection of how the 89-year-old king has steadily put his closest relatives in top posts since his ascension to the throne in 2005.
The Saudi Press Agency reported that Mishaal will take over the job from 73-year-old Prince Khalid, who oversaw Macca’s affairs for six years.
Khalid was named the new Education Minister. The outgoing minister, Prince Faisal who is also the king’s son-in-law, requested he be relieved of the post, the report said.
Another of the king’s sons, Prince Mutaib, is head of the Saudi Arabian National Guard, while his son Prince Abdulaziz is the deputy foreign minister and another son, Prince Turki, is deputy governor of the capital Riyadh.