Saudi King sacks rightful heir, names his son as successor

Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman (Photo: Reuters)

Saudi Arabia has relieved Muhammad bin Nayef from his role as crown prince, replacing him with Mohammad bin Salman, according to a royal decree published by state news agency SPA. The move positions the 31-year-old Bin Salman to be next in line to the throne.

Bin Salman has been his country’s defense minister and deputy crown prince, and was recently credited with a “huge success” for U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent decision to stop in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman called for a public pledging of allegiance in Mecca on Wednesday to the new crown prince, Saudi-owned channel al-Arabiya said on Wednesday.

The young prince has taken a central role in Saudi Arabia’s efforts to build its economy beyond the oil industry. He holds primary responsibility for the kingdom’s military and energy sector.

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