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Saudi King Fires Water Minister After Complaints Over Tariffs

  • Saudis turned to social media to protest price surge
  • Deputy crown prince said ministry's actions `unsatisfactory'

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman fired the water and electricity minister following public complaints over a surge in prices less than six months after the government cut generous utility subsidies.

Agriculture Minister Abdel Rahman al-Fadhli will take over the water and electricity post from Abdullah al-Hasin, the official Saudi Press Agency reported late on Saturday, citing a royal decree.