Saudi King sacks his half brother as heir apparent

Saudi King sacks his half brother as heir apparent

Saudi King sacks his half brother as heir apparent

Written by Staff Writer

29 Apr, 2015 | 12:44 pm

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz sacked his younger half-brother as crown prince and named his nephew, the country’s interior minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, as the new heir apparent.

The reshuffle was announced by royal decree via state television early Wednesday.

King Salman also appointed his son, 34-year-old Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as deputy crown prince, and replaced veteran foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal with the kingdom’s Washington ambassador Adel al-Jubeir.

Labour minister Adel al-Fakieh was appointed as economy and planning Minister, and Mufrej al-Haqbani was appointed as labour minister, state television reported citing the royal decree.

The new appointments further thrust a new generation of Saudi princes into the line of succession.

Sixty nine-year-old Prince Moqren, who was crown prince until Wednesday’s reshuffle, is the youngest son of the founder of Saudi Arabia, the late King Abdul-Aziz al-Saud. Prince Moqren also once headed the kingdom’s intelligence agency but was largely seen as a transitional figure in his post as crown prince.

King Salman, 79, came to power in January after the death of his half-brother, King Abdullah at the age of 90.

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