Saudi appoints Prince Salman crown prince: state TV
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Saudi Arabia named Prince Salman its new crown prince, heir apparent to the 89-year-old King Abdullah, after the death of Crown Prince Nayef on Saturday, state TV said citing a royal decree.
Saudi Prince Salman, brother of Saudi King Abdullah, reacts upon the arrival of the coffin of Crown Prince Nayef at Jeddah airport June 17, 2012. Photo: Reuters/Saudi Press Agency/Handout
The pragmatic prince will retain his role as defense minister and is promoted to deputy prime minister, while his younger full brother Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz is made interior minister, state TV said on Monday.
Prince Ahmed had been deputy interior minister for several decades under the late Nayef. King Abdullah stays on as prime minister.