Saudi king replaces labor minister, promotes culture, environment

Saudi king replaces labor minister, promotes culture, environmentBy Stephen Kalin and Marwa Rashad RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Saturday replaced the labor minister and set up new government bodies to promote culture and protect the environment as the kingdom seeks to modernize and create jobs for an overwhelmingly young population. Private sector businessman Ahmed bin Suleiman al-Rajhi was named minister of labor and social development, succeeding Ali bin Nasser al-Ghafis, according to royal orders published by state media. Getting hundreds of thousands of unemployed Saudis into the workforce is a major challenge for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who oversees economic policy for the world’s top oil exporter, where unemployment stands at 12.8 percent.