Release Date: 2017/6/21
A royal decree issued on Wednesday exempted Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdul Aziz from the crown prince and the election of Prince Mohammed bin Salman as his successor in a change that underscores the 31-year-old prince as the country's next ruler, a royal decree said on Wednesday.
Prince Mohammed bin Nayef was also removed from the post of deputy prime minister and interior minister while Prince Mohammed bin Salman was appointed deputy prime minister while continuing as defense minister, the decree said.
Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is also crown prince, was responsible for running the Saudi-led war in Yemen and was also responsible for setting energy policy and plans to prepare the kingdom for the future after oil.
Al-Arabiya television said the appointment of Prince Mohammed bin Salman came with the approval of the Allegiance Commission.
The official agency said King Salman called for the allegiance of Prince Mohammed bin Salman, crown prince after Taraweeh prayers on Wednesday in Mecca.
The surprise announcement came two and a half years after significant changes in Saudi Arabia, which surprised its allies in 2015 by waging war in Yemen and cutting energy subsidies, as well as its proposed 2016 partial privatization of state oil company Aramco.