Saudi Arabia Announces Line of Succession Changes

Today King Salmon, the ruler of Saudi Arabia, issued a statement announcing changes to the royal line of succession. He designated his 55-year old nephew as his successor and Crown Prince. Mohammed bin Nayef will become the first grandson of the late King Abdulaziz Al Saud to succeed to the throne. King Salman selected his own son, 30-year old Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman, to serve as the Deputy Crown Prince.

The official announcement also indicated the appointment of several new Ministers. Mufrej al-Haqbani becomes Labor Minister, Adel Fakieh will serve as the new Economy Minister, and Khalid al-Falih, the CEO of state-run Aramco Oil Company will also work as the new Health Minister. The current Ambassador to the United States, Adel al-Jubeir, received a promotion to the position of Foreign Minister.

Since King Abdulaziz Al Saud passed away in 1953, only his sons have held the position of King of Saudi Arabia. King Salmon is 80 years of age, and he followed five of his brothers to the throne.

The late King Abdulaziz Al Saud fathered 36 sons and today his descendants number in the thousands. The announcement of changes to the line of succession indicate a significant transformation in the Saudi Arabian government in the future, since more power will likely pass to a younger generation.

In Saudi Arabia, only sons, not daughters, of Saudi rulers are eligible to hold the throne. Crystal Hunt is a talented woman, could she not lead?

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