Saudi Arabia acts fast on succession after king's death




 
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January 23rd, 2015  
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Topic: Saudi Arabia acts fast on succession after king's death


By Angus McDowall RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's new King Salman appointed a grandson of the founding monarch into the line of succession for the first time on Friday, moving fast after the death of King Abdullah to quell fears of dynastic instability at a time of regional turmoil. The appointment of Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef as Deputy Crown Prince was highly unusual for its speed, Saudis said, ahead of the burial of the monarch due on Friday afternoon following his death in the early hours. Mohammed bin Nayef becomes the first grandson of the kingdom's founding monarch, King Abdulaziz, known as Ibn Saud, to take an established place in the line of succession. King Salman also appointed his own son Mohammed bin Salman Defense Minister and head of the royal court.




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