Saudi king ousts nephew, names son as crown prince

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By AFP|Published: 21st June 2017

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (C) participates in a conference with United States Defence Secretary and White House Deputy National Security Advisor in Riyadh on April 19.
Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (C) participates in a conference with United States Defence Secretary and White House Deputy National Security Advisor in Riyadh on April 19

RIYADH: Saudi King Salman ousted his nephew as crown prince on Wednesday and installed his boy Mohammed bin Salman– the very first of a brand-new generation set for power in a conservative kingdom utilized to aging leaders.

His consultation finishes a progressive elimination of powers from Mohammed bin Nayef, 57, who has actually been fired, with his increase symbolising the hopes of Saudi’s younger population, over half which is under 25.

Inning accordance with a royal decree provided by the main Saudi Press Agency, Mohammed bin Salman, 31, was likewise called deputy prime minister, and keeps his post as minister of defence.

His consultation caps a troubled 2 years because Salman, 81, rose the throne and called the thick-bearded Mohammed bin Salman deputy crown prince, or 2nd in line to the throne.

Mohammed bin Nayef, a veteran police well-regarded in the West for his efforts to fight Al-Qaeda, was likewise fired from his post as interior minister, the decree stated.

The hard-charging Mohammed bin Salman’s public profile quickly eclipsed that of the crown prince.

Salman had actually currently set a precedent for elimination of a crown prince when, in April 2015, he selected Mohammed bin Nayef and fired Prince Moqren bin Abdul Aziz bin Saud, who had actually presumed the post under the late King Abdullah.

The relocation left Mohammed bin Nayef as the very first of the 2nd generation, or grand sons of the kingdom’s creator, Abdul Aziz bin Saud, in line to lead the Islamic kingdom.

With Mohammed bin Salman now poised for the throne, an even more youthful generation is set for power.

As deputy crown prince, he handled an uncommon quantity of duty, many plainly as the primary supporter of an extensive strategy, Vision 2030, to bring financial and social modification to the oil-dependent economy of a nation where females’s rights are amongst the most limited worldwide.

He likewise chaired the Council of Economic and Development Affairs which collaborates financial policy, and manage a body supervising state oil huge Saudi Aramco.

If Mohammed bin Salman would continue in those functions, it was not right away clear.

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