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Mohammad Bin Salman of Saudi Arabia elevated to crown price

Mohammad Bin Salman of Saudi Arabia elevated to crown price

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Jun 21, 2017 - 14:14

KABUL (Pajhwok): Saudi Arabia King Salman has appointed his young son Mohammad bin Salman as Crown Prince of the kingdom, according to a media report.

The 31-year-old Mohammad earlier served as deputy crown prince and now elevated to the crown prince position who in the royal family is considered to be the next ruler.

A royal decree said Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, a counter-terrorism chief admired in Washington for putting down an al Qaeda campaign of bombings in 2003-06, was relieved of all positions and replaced by Mohammed bin Salman who becomes deputy prime minister and retains defense, oil and other portfolios.

The decision by King Salman to promote his son and consolidate his power was endorsed by 31 out of 34 members of the Allegiance Council, made up of senior members of the ruling Al Saud family, the royal decree said.

He is Defense Minister, a role that in Saudi Arabia gives its incumbent command of one of the world's biggest arms budgets and makes him ultimately responsible for Saudi Arabia's unprecedented military adventure in Yemen.

He also heads the Council for Economic and Development Affairs (CEDA), a group of cabinet ministers who meet weekly and which oversees all elements of policy that touch on the economy or social issues like education, health and housing.

Prince Mohammed chairs the supreme board of Aramco, making him the first member of the ruling family to directly oversee the state oil company, long regarded as the preserve of commoner technocrats.

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