Riyadh: Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has appointed Defense Minister Prince Salman as crown prince and heir apparent, ensuring a smooth succession at a time of tough challenges for the world's biggest oil exporter.
The appointment was announced one day after the burial of Crown Prince and Interior Minister Nayef, who died on Saturday, and means King Abdullah's cautious reforms are likely to be continued.
"Based on the public interest, we have chosen His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz to be Crown Prince and ordered his appointment as deputy prime minister and defense minister," a royal decree said.
Crown Prince Salman, who is 76-years-old, becomes Abdullah's third heir after the deaths of two elder brothers in the past eight months....more
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