One day after royal changes, King Salman visits ex-Crown Prince Muqrin

Ahram Online , Thursday 30 Apr 2015

A statement from the royal court says King Salman responded to Crown Prince Muqrin's expressed wish to be relieved of his position

Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz
Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz (Photo:AP)

Saudi King Salman visited ex-Crown Prince Muqrin Bin Abdul Aziz in his Riyadh palace, one day after the latter was replaced by a new heir to the throne, the Saudi Al-Arabiya TV channel reported Thursday.

Salman — during the visit to his half-brother — was accompanied by newly-appointed Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Nayef and his new deputy, Mohammed Bin Salman.

No further details were provided on the aim of the visit.

Salman issued a royal decree early Wednesday appointing Nayef to the post in replacement of Muqrin.

"We have decided to respond to his highness and what he had expressed about his desire to be relieved from the position of crown prince," said a statement from the royal court, carried by the official Saudi press agency.

It added that Muqrin was also relieved of his position as deputy prime minister in the world's largest oil exporter.

Nayef and Mohamed received pledges of allegiance Wednesday evening from Muqrin and a crowd of Saudi citizens in their inauguration ceremony held in the Governance Palace in Riyadh.

According to the decree, Nayef was also appointed deputy prime minister and will continue to function as interior minister.

US-educated Saudi Ambassador to Washington Adel Al-Jubeir replaced Prince Saud Al-Faisal as foreign minister. 

Mohamed — the new deputy crown prince — will remain defence minister, a post he took up in January after his father became the monarch of the Gulf kingdom. Mohamed is the youngest prince ever to lead the Saudi military.

The reshuffle took place as Saudi Arabia is currently heading an Arab coalition of forces against Iranian-backed Houthi militants in Yemen.

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