Saudi king changes successor
Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s ambitious 31-year-old defence minister, was made heir to the throne yesterday, replacing his older cousin Mohammed bin Nayaf and confirming the king’s endorsement of his plans to overhaul the kingdom’s economy and aggressively confront Iran.
He gained the title of crown prince at the expense of his older cousin, who was stripped of his position as first-in-line to the throne and lost his job as Saudi Arabia’s interior minister.
The move ends any uncertainty over who will succeed King Salman, who is 81 and in poor health, and puts the future of Saudi Arabia in the hands of a young, modernising prince. (© Daily Telegraph London)