King Salman removes half-brother from post and names nephew in place

Wednesday 29th Apr 2015
The new Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef  (Photo Courtesy SPA)

The new Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef (Photo Courtesy SPA)

King Salman has announced new appointments in a decree from the royal court, putting forward a new generation of the Saud family in line for the throne.

In a series of royal decrees read this morning on national television, King Salman promoted his nephew, Mohammed bin Nayef, from the position of deputy crown prince to crown prince, making him next in line for the throne.

He then named his son in the decree, Mohammed bin Salman, as the new deputy crown prince, pushing Prince Muqrin out of the position and putting him second in line to the throne and guaranteeing the crown will remain within the Sudari branch of the Al Saud family.

Both princes are part the generation of Ibn Saud’s grandchildren, whose sons have passed power from brother to brother since his death in 1953.

The royal decree said the appointments were made in accordance with the kingdom’s founding principle of “continuity on the basis of service to faith, the nation and the people, and what is good for its loyal people”.

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