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Saudi Arabia’s labour minister fired

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman sacked the labour minister who headed efforts to help tens of thousands of unpaid foreign workers.

Mufarrej al-Haqbani, named to the portfolio almost seven months ago, was replaced by Ali al-Ghifaidh, according to a royal order published by the official Saudi Press Agency.

A crisis in the construction sector peaked shortly after Haqbani’s appointment, as some workers who had gone months without salaries were left also without food and other essentials.

The government stepped in, offering to pay for the workers’ flights home and to cover food and accommodation when the employer was no longer meeting obligations. — AFP

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