Saudi Arabia issued 39 decrees on Monday night announcing a series of political and military replacements in a largescale reshuffle that included the military Chief of Staff. In addition, the Kingdom appointed its first-ever female deputy minister a day after it opened military posts to women.

Saudi Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammad bin Salman

Saudi Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammad bin Salman Photo Credit: EPA-EFE

In a series of late-night Monday announcements, Saudi Arabia discharged numerous high-ranking military commanders in a political reshuffle. The decisions were announced in 39 decrees that were issued by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and included the dismissal of the Kingdom’s military Chief of Staff.

Among the announced changes, Saudi Arabia also appointed its first female deputy minister in a historical move. Tamadhir bint Yosif bin Moqbil Alrammah will now serve as the Kingdom’s deputy minister of labor and social development.

A night before the shakeup in Saudi’s military ranks, the Kingdom’s Directorate of Public Security announced the opening of soldier positions for women in the military. The new applicants must be between the ages of 25-35 with a minimum of a high school education and of Saudi origin.

These changes and other recent social reforms in the country are said to be the initiative of 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who was appointed in June last year. Most notably, the prince launched a plan he called “Saudi Vision 2030,” intended to diversify the nation’s economy, which has been largely dependent on its oil trade.