New Saudi Crown Prince is Nayef bin Abdulaziz, as appointed by King Abdullah

By on Oct 28, 2011 in Asia, International, Politics Comments

Saudi Arabia‘s interior minister Nayef bin Abdulaziz has been appointed as the new Saudi Crown Prince, to replace Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, who passed away recently.

Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz file photo
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As reported earlier, Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, who was diagnosed of colon cancer in 2004, passed away on Saturday, October 22 in New York and was buried in Riyadh three days later.

According to CNN, Saudi King Abdullah appointed Nayef as the new Crown Prince on Friday, October 28, 2011 as announced in state TV and was carried on Saudi‘s news agency (SPA).

“We chose His Royal Highness Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz as crown prince,” The statement was quoted, which was read shortly after midnight of Thursday (local time).

King Abdullah names Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Crown Prince and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior.” Saudi Embassy USA (@Saudi EmbassyUSA) tweeted about three hours ago.

Based on history, Prince Nayef was born on 1933 and is a half brother of King Abdullah and has been Saudi‘s interior minister since 1975. He is now the heir to rule Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter.

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