Saudi King sacks rightful heir, names his son as successor
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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