The King of Saudi Arabia on Wednesday declared his son Mohammed bin Salman as the Crown Prince , replacing his nephew Mohammed bin Nayef through a royal decree , which was approved by 31 out of 34 members of the Allegiance Council.
The newly appointed 31 year old Crown Prince will become the Deputy Prime Minister while retaining his position as the Defence Minister. Mohammed bin Nayef , 57 year old has been relieved of his current duties and has pledged allegiance to the newly appointed Crown Prince.
Considered a reformist and popular amongst the youth , the newly appointed Crown Prince is also the favourite son of the King Salman , now 81 years of age . Mohammed Bin Salman was in charge of carrying out not only the war against Yemen but also following economic reformist policy of the oil rich country.
Observers are of the opinion that by appointing his son as the Crown Prince which also means next in the line of throne, the King has apparently avoided any tussle on the issue of succession between his son and the nephew. Since the age is on his side , experts believe that it may promote internal stability in the Saudi Kingdom.
UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a congratulatory cable to King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King of Saudi Arabia, on the occasion of his appointment of Prince Mohammed bin Salman as the Kingdom’s Crown Prince, who has also assumed the position of Deputy Prime Minister and will continue as the country’s Defence Minister.
In another cable to Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the President of UAE wished him success in performing his duties, supporting the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and his continuing the process of development and renaissance in the sisterly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, dispatched similar cables, in which they expressed their congratulations to the King of Saudi Arabia, asking God to perpetuate the health and wellness of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, bringing the Kingdom all that it aspires to achieve, and wishing Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman success in carrying out his duties.