Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Saudi king upends royal succession, names son as crown prince

Mohammed bin Salman is now first in line to the thrown
King Salman of Saudi Arabia on Wednesday appointed his 31-year-old son, Mohammed bin Salman as crown Prince, replacing Prince Mohammed bin Nayef.

In a series of royal decrees carried on the state-run Saudi Press Agency, the monarch stripped Prince Mohammed bin Nayef from his title as crown prince and from his powerful position as the country’s interior minister overseeing security.

The newly announced Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman had enjoyed a vast portfolio as defense minister and was second-in-line to the throne as deputy crown prince.

Salman had ruled out dialogue with Iran and had moved to isolate Qatar.

He had previously been in charge of his father’s royal court when King Salman was the crown prince.

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