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Saudi king empowers 31-year-old 'reformer' son in succession shake-up

Mohammed bin Salman replaces his cousin, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, a veteran security chief

Reuters  |  Dubai 

Saudi Arabia's King Salman made his son next in line to the throne on Wednesday, handing the 31-year-old sweeping powers as the kingdom seeks a radical overhaul of its oil-dependent economy and faces mounting tensions with regional rival Iran. Although Mohammed bin Salman's promotion to crown prince had long been expected among those who follow the royal family closely, the timing was a surprise and puts the kingdom's future in relatively untested hands. Mohammed bin Salman replaces his cousin, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, a veteran security chief who led the Saudi ...

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First Published: Thu, June 22 2017. 09:50 IST
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