Who will be the next king of Saudi Arabia?

BySIMON HENDERSON
February 14, 2013 18:37

Riyadh’s latest appointment suggests that traditionally secretive royal rivalries may be moving into the public eye as the succession process comes to a head.




SAUDI PRINCES in a meeting at the Royal Palace in Jeddah

SAUDI PRINCES in a meeting at the Royal Palace in Jeddah. (photo credit:Reuters)

Speculation about who will rule Saudi Arabia in the future is mounting after the surprise February 1 appointment of Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz as second deputy prime minister, a post long viewed as “crown prince in waiting.”

The unexpected move puts a spotlight on the complicated politics and procedures surrounding Saudi succession.

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