Saudi King relieves crown prince from his duties

Published on April 29, 2015 12:26:26 PM
Saudi Arabia king Salman bin Abdulaziz has dethroned his half-brother Murqin Bin Abdulaziz from the position of crown prince and named his nephew, Mohammed bin Nayef, as new successor to the throne. 

He has also appointed the kingdom’s Washington ambassador Adel al-Jubeir for the post of foreign minister by sacking prince Saud al-Faisal from the position. The newly appointed foreign minister is the first person who is not associated with the royal family.

The former princes were chosen by late King Abdullah, who passed away in January. The current changes indicate a major shift at the acme of the ruling Al Saud family.

In a dictum published by the state media, King Salman has stated that the decision to dismiss his half-brother from post of crown prince and appointing Mohammed bin Nayef as new heir was supported by a majority of the members from the family's Allegiance Council.