Saudi king deposes nephew, names son as crown prince

Jun 21, 2017, 6:36 AM EDT
Saudi Arabia's new Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
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In a big reshuffle in the country’s line of succession, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman issued a royal decree early on Wednesday, appointing his son Mohammed bin Salman, 31, as the new crown prince, replacing a 57-year-old nephew.

While Prince Salman will also take charge as deputy prime minister, ousted Prince Mohammed bin Nayef has lost his job as Saudi Arabia’s Interior Minister as well, writes the BBC. The decision must have annoyed a lot many people in the royal family as it upends the general tradition of succession by elderly men.

Prince Salman has been a key voice driving a series of “dizzying” moves by the kingdom in the recent past, notes The Guardian. Whether it’s about changing equations with Washington, going into a war with Yemen or ambitious economic revamp at home, Prince Salman has been instrumental in the fruition of all these decisions.