Saudi King Salman names son Mohammed bin Salman new crown prince

Prince Nayef, 57, has also been removed from his role as head of domestic security, the state media said. He has pledged allegiance to the new crown prince, the official sources said

Arnima Dwivedi

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Published on 21 Jun 2017 11:01 AM GMT

Saudi King Salman names son Mohammed bin Salman new crown prince
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Riyadh: Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Wednesday appointed his son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince, replacing his nephew Mohammed bin Nayef, as first in line to the throne.

According to King Salman's decree, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 31, will be the Deputy Prime Minister while continuing as Defence Minister.

Prince Nayef, 57, has also been removed from his role as head of domestic security, the state media said. He has pledged allegiance to the new crown prince, the official sources said.

King Salman, 81, acceded to the throne in January 2015 after the death of his half-brother Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz.

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He announced his first major cabinet reshuffle a few months later, appointing Prince Nayef as crown prince and Prince Salman as deputy crown prince.

As Defence Minister and deputy crown prince, Prince Salman led Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen and oversaw the kingdom's energy policy.

Prince Nayef was the kingdom's security chief for many years and was known for his strong stance against Islamist militants.

Arnima Dwivedi

Arnima Dwivedi

A journalist, presently working as a sub-editor with newstrack.com. I love exploring new genres of humans and humanity.

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