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Saudi Arabia's king announces new heirs to throne


As suggested at the Frontline Club on Monday 27 April, the Saudi Arabian King has announced major changes to the line of succession.

On Monday in a public forum with Owen Bennett-Jones at the Front Line Club I put forward the idea that a major dynastic reshuffle was in the wind for Saudi Arabia - and it has happened. King Salman has removed his half brother, Miqrin bin Abdul-Aziz, and has appointed his nephew, the powerful Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, as crown prince.

The king's son, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has been appointed Second Deputy Premier - a position often used to designate a place in the succession - while the foreign minister, the veteran Prince Saud al-Faisal, has been replaced by Saudi’s ambassador in Washington, the non-royal Adel Al-Jubeir.

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