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Sunday, May 16, 1999 Published at 01:18 GMT 02:18 UK


World: Middle East

New Saudi Grand Mufti


King Fahd of Saudi Arabia has issued a decree appointing a new Grand Mufti -- the senior religious leader in the kingdom.

The royal decree named Sheikh Abd al-Aziz bin Abdullah al-Sheikh as the new mufti.

The appointment comes after the death last week of the previous Grand Mufti Sheikh Abd al-Aziz bin Baz.

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