Saudi Arabia: the Saudi king today removed his half-brother from the post of crown prince, replacing him with his nephew, and elevated his son to the position of deputy crown prince in the most significant repositioning of power among members of the kingdom’s royal family since King Salman assumed the throne in January. The post of crown prince secures Prince Mohammed bin Nayef as the most likely successor to King Salman.
The appointments announced in a decree from the royal court, further thrust a new generation of Saudi princes into the line of succession and mapped out the future of the throne for potentially decades to come.
The post of crown prince secures Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, 55, as the most likely successor to the king. The prince, who is also the interior minister, is widely known internationally as Saudi Arabia’s counterterrorism czar and was previously also deputy crown prince
He is widely known internationally and to the U.S. as Saudi Arabia’s counterterrorism czar and was previously deputy crown prince. He takes over the post of crown prince from Prince Muqrin.
The king on Wednesday also named his son and Defense Minister, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as deputy crown prince. The prince, who is now most likely second in line to the throne, is believed to be around 30 years old.
The prince becomes the first from among his generation to be elevated to such a high position — first in line to the throne. He has survived several assassination attempts, including one in 2009 by al-Qaida. He takes over the post of crown prince from Prince Muqrin.