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Saudi King reshuffles Cabinet

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has appointed the first woman to the council of ministries and sacked two powerful religious officials in a Cabinet shuffle, the BBC reported.

One man who was dismissed from his post was the country's senior judge, and the other was the head of a religious police force.

Noor Al-Fayez was appointed to the position as deputy minister for women's education, a new position on the Saudi Council of Ministers, CNN reported. King Abdullah's appointment of her was considered a progressive move.

This is King Abdullah's largest Cabinet shuffle since he came to power in 2005, CNN reported.