Agence France-PresseMay 27, 2013 10:30
Saudi King Abdullah on Monday upgraded the National Guard, the kingdom's parallel army seen as a pillar of the ruling royals, to a ministry to be headed by his son Prince Mitab.
The decisions were announced in a decree by King Abdullah, the state news agency SPA reported.
Sandhurst-educated Prince Mitab, who heads the force, has been appointed Minister of National Guard, the decree said.
King Abdullah had himself led the National Guard from 1962 to 2010, when he handed its command over to Mitab.