King Salman appoints his son Mohammed as Saudi Arabia’s crown prince


RIYADH, 21 June: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Wednesday appointed his 31-year-old son Mohammed bin Salman as heir in a major reshuffle announced early on Wednesday.
According to media reports, King Salman removed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, a 57-year-old nephew of the king, as next-in-line to the throne and replaced him with Mohammed bin Salman, who was previously the deputy crown prince.
The newly-announced crown prince was also named deputy prime minister and will maintained his post as defence minister, said media reports.
In a series of royal decrees said that Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who had been positioned to inherit the throne, from his title as crown prince has also sacked as Interior Minister. Reason of his removing not ascertained yet.