Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat – Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud yesterday issued a royal decree naming Prince Naif Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud as Crown Prince, and appointing him as Saudi Deputy Prime Minister. This represents the first time that the Allegiance Council – set up in 2006 – has played a role in the choosing of a Saudi Arabian crown prince.
Prince Naif Bin Abdulaziz succeeds Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz as Saudi Crown Prince and Deputy Prime Minister; he will also continue in his role as Saudi Interior Minister.
The Saudi Royal Court issued the following statement:
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud met with members of the Allegiance Council at his palace in Riyadh [yesterday].
During the meeting, Chairman of the Allegiance Council, Mr. Khalid Bin Abdulaziz al-Tuwaijiri swore in Prince Abdullah Bin Faisal Bin Turki al-Awwal Bin Abulaziz Al Saud and Prince Bandar Bin Musaed Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud as membres of the Allegiance Council in the presence of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz.
The King instructed the princes to pledge allegiance to Prince Naif Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud as Crown Prince.
Prince Naif Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud received the pledge of allegiance from the princes who wished him every success in assisting the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and to protect the Kingdom’s security, stability and national unity.