Abdulaziz ibn Saud
Abdulaziz ibn Saud

Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, the current minister of interior, has been named the new deputy crown prince in Saudi Arabia, according to a royal decree.

Prince Mohammed bin Nayef,
Prince Mohammed bin Nayef,

The new deputy crown prince, aged 55, is the grandson of the founder of Saudi Arabia, Abdulaziz ibn Saud, and is the first of his generation to be placed in line for the throne of the oil-rich kingdom. All kings since ibn Saud have been his sons.

Mohamed bin Nayef is from a powerful faction within the ruling family known as the Sudairi Seven.

The royal decree also named King Salman’s son Mohammed as the new defence minister.

 

GNA

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