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Saudi Arabia fires minister

3 Jun, 2014

The acting Saudi health minister fires Deputy Health Minister Doctor Ziad Memish.  No reasons for the dismissal are given publicly.  Some scientists had criticized Memish, a key figure in the country’s efforts to contain the disease, for his reluctance to collaborate with international specialists.  He is the second senior health official to be sacked in six weeks.  Saudi Arabia’s health minister lost his job when the rate of new infections began rising rapidly in April.