Saudi Arabia Rewrites Succession as King Replaces Heir With Son, 31

Jun 21, 2017| Courtesy by :


Mohammed bin Salman last year in France. CreditStephanie De Sakutin/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

BEIRUT, Lebanon — King Salman of Saudi Arabia promoted his 31-year-old son, Mohammed bin Salman, to be next in line to the throne on Wednesday, further empowering a young, activist leader at a time when the kingdom is struggling with low oil prices, a rivalry with Iran and conflicts across the Middle East.

The decision to remove the previous crown prince, Mohammed bin Nayef, 57, comes as some members of the royal family have chafed at the rise of the younger prince, who emerged from relative obscurity when his father, 81, ascended the throne in January 2015.


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