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>> It's out with the old and in with the young. As Saudi Arabia shuffled top military officers and several deputy ministers late on Monday. The broad shake up is seen as a move to elevate younger officials in the key areas of the economy and security. And as Reuters Steven Kylan in Riyadh explains, it also tightens Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman's grip on power.
>> These changes will elevate a younger generation of leaders in the military, who will now be even more loyal to Crown Prince Mohammed. I see it goes forward with other changes throughout the kingdom.>> The military's Chief of Staff has been retired and replaced by First Lieutenant Fayyad bin Hamed al-Ruwayli.
The top brass of air, defense, and land forces and Senior Defense of Interior Ministry officials are also out. Putting a new guard in charge of the kingdom's three year military campaign in Yemen. Another notable change was the promotion of a woman, Tamadur bint Youssef al-Ramah, to Deputy Labor Minister.
>> Here in conservative Saudi Arabia that's definitely a marked shift. There are women serving in government but none currently in such a senior position, and there are still no women ministers, which is something that is rumored could happen in the coming period.>> It's part of a series of reforms orchestrated by the crown prince, such as allowing women to drive and permitting public concerts.
Such moves have proved popular in a country where patriarchal traditions have often made power the preserve of the old, but where around 70% of the population is under 30.