Saudi King Names Son as First in Line to Throne, Upends Tradition

  • King Salman of Saudi Arabia has removed his nephew as crown prince and replaced him with his 31 year old son Mohammed bin Salman. This has consolidated bin Salman as the crown prince and can also be viewed as a step by the kingdom to once make itself a force to be reckoned with in the region. The move was announced just after midnight following a royal decree. It left the Saudi establishment stunned as well.

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