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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

King of Saudi Arabia appoints new heir to the throne

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia on Monday named Prince Salman, his half-brother of 76 years, as his successor, instead of the Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdel Aziz, who died on Saturday, state television announced the Saudi Al-Ekhbariya. The monarch appointed Salman as "crown prince and deputy prime minister" and held the post of defense minister, said the television. At the same time, the king appointed Prince Ahmed bin Abdel Aziz, another of his half-brothers, to the post of interior minister, whose proprietor was the late Prince Nayef. Prince Salman was defense minister since October, after the death of Crown Prince Sultan. It was the first ministerial post of Salman, who was governor of Riyadh since 1962. Prince Nayef, half-brother of King Abdullah, died on Saturday in Switzerland because of "heart problems". The second death of crown prince in eight months illustrates the aging of the Al-Saud dynasty, ahead of the main world oil power. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, located in the center of a region subject to major policy changes, is headed by King Abdullah, 88, who on Saturday and Sunday appeared in public bent over and walking with a cane.

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