Saudi Arabia's Mohammed Bin Salman Promoted to Crown Prince

Published June 21st, 2017 - 07:13 GMT
Deputy crown prince and King Salman's son Mohammed is now crown prince. (AFP/ File)
Deputy crown prince and King Salman's son Mohammed is now crown prince. (AFP/ File)

Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been promoted to crown prince on Wednesday, replacing his cousin in an announcement that confirms King Salman's 31-year-old son as next ruler of the kingdom, reported Saudi state agency.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef has been relieved of his post and replaced by Mohammed bin Salman who becomes deputy prime minister and retains his defence and other portfolios, stated the report citing a royal decree.

Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, for years the kingdom's counter-terrorism chief who put down an Al Qaeda campaign of bombings in 2003-06, is relieved of all positions, the decree said.

He has pledged allegiance to the kingdom's new crown prince, reported Saudi state television. 

Even as deputy crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman has been responsible for running Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen, dictating an energy policy with global implications and spearheading plans for the kingdom to build an economic future after oil, said the report. 

Al Arabiya television reported that the promotion of the prince was approved by the kingdom's Allegiance Council, and that the king himself had called for a public pledging of loyalty to Mohammed bin Salman on Wednesday evening in Makkah.


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