- Title: Saudi Arabia's Mohammed bin Salman appointed Crown Prince - SPA
- Date: 21st June 2017
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (FILE - JUNE 24, 2015) (AGENCY POOL) THEN SAUDI DEPUTY CROWN PRINCE MOHAMMED BIN SALMAN GETTING OUT OF CAR TO BE RECEIVED BY THEN FRENCH PRESIDENT FRANCOIS HOLLANDE HOLLANDE AND BIN SALMAN SHAKING HANDS VARIOUS OF BIN SALMAN AT ROUND TABLE WITH OTHER OFFICIALS BIN SALMAN AND HOLLANDE STANDING TOGETHER BEHIND TABLE CLOSE OF BIN SALMAN BIN SALMAN AND HOLLANDE STANDING
- Embargoed: 5th July 2017 06:06
- Keywords: Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef relieved Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman royal decree
- Location: RIYADH AND MECCA, SAUDI ARABIA; PARIS, FRANCE
- City: RIYADH AND MECCA, SAUDI ARABIA; PARIS, FRANCE
- Country: Saudi Arabia
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0026M7Z1AF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef has been relieved of his post and replaced by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a royal decree said on Wednesday (June 21), in a promotion for King Salman's 31-year-old son that confirms him as next ruler of the kingdom.
Prince Mohammed bin Salman becomes deputy prime minister and retains his defence and other portfolios, the decree issued by the Saudi state news agency SPA said.
Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, for years the kingdom's counter-terrorism chief who put down an al Qaeda campaign of bombings in 2003-06, is relieved of all positions, it said.
Even as deputy crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman has been responsible for running Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen, dictating an energy policy with global implications and behind the plans for the kingdom to build a future after oil.
Al Arabiya television reported that the promotion of the prince was approved by the kingdom's Allegiance Council, and that the king had called for a public pledging of loyalty to Mohammed bin Salman on Wednesday evening in Mecca.
The surprise announcement follows 2-1/2 years of already major changes in Saudi Arabia, which stunned allies in 2015 by launching a war in Yemen, cutting old energy subsidies and in 2016 proposing partly privatising state oil company Aramco.
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