Riyadh, April 24:The king of Saudi Arabia has sacked the country’s water and electricity minister, Abdullah al-Hussayen, amid public anger over price hikes, state media reported. King Salman issued a decree yesterday ordering his dismissal and replacement in the interim by Agriculture Minister Abdel Rahman al-Fadli, said the official SPA news agency. Also Read - Tatas,TCS Violated Rules in Sacking Mistry: RTI Reply From RoC

His removal comes after the government reduced subsidies on electricity, water and other services. Also Read - Pakistan Sacks High Court Judge For Accusing ISI of Interference

In March, the Arab News daily reported that Hussayen had called on citizens to get permits to dig their own wells in the face of increasing complaints about high water bills.And earlier this month the newspaper said that the advisory Shura Council “appeared unconvinced” when its members grilled Hussayen and his officials about the bills.(ALSO READ:Saudi Arabia names a prince as new ambassador to US). Also Read - Sacked, Drunk Driver Climbs DD Kendra's TV Tower in Worli; Demands Good Salary, Bonus For Drivers

In December, a series of unprecedented reforms were adopted in the desert kingdom, which has been hit hard by the steep fall in global oil prices over the past two years.

Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is seen as the architect of the reforms, is to set announce tomorrow a programme aimed at diversifying an economy that depends on oil for 70 per cent of state revenues.