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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman waves as he meets with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 11, 2017. Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout/File Photo via REUTERS

Mecca – Saudis pledged allegiance on Wednesday to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz after a royal decree appointing him next in line to rule the world’s leading oil exporter, deputy premier whilst upholding his post as defense minister.

Former Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz led the crowd of officials when pledging allegiance to Prince Mohammed bin Salman at Al-Safa Palace in Makkah.

“We pledge our allegiance to you (Prince Mohammed bin Salman) in the name of god’s holy book (the Quran) and the Sunnah,” Former Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, King Salman bin Abdulaziz’s nephew, swore at the scene.

The pledge includes undisputed loyalty to the new heir.

Sunnah are the teachings, deeds and sayings, silent permissions (or disapprovals) of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, as well as various reports about Muhammad’s companions.

For his part, Prince Mohammed bin Salman reiterated his unbound commitment to receiving and taking into consideration the advice and insight of former Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has called on the citizens of Saudi Arabia to pledge allegiance to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at Al-Safa Palace in Makkah after Wednesday night’s Tarawih prayers.

Tarawih refers to extra prayers performed by Muslims at night in the Islamic month of Ramadan.

A royal decree published by the Saudi Press Agency in the early hours of Wednesday morning said Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had been appointed to his new position after being chosen by 31 out of 34 members of the Allegiance Council.

King Salman also directed that the regional princes and governors and heads of the Allegiance Council receive pledges on behalf of the Crown Prince in an effort to facilitate the process for citizens taking oath, saving them the hardship of traveling to Makkah.

Saudis on Twitter launched a hashtag on pledging allegiance to the new crown prince. Taking to the online platform, Saudi citizens expressed their loyalty promising undoubted commitment to the Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

The singers confirmed that they are confident in Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s ability to bring Saudi Arabia to the forefront in all domains and march along with the country towards a bright and promising future.

Saudis expressed sincere thanks and gratitude to former Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz for his efforts to serve his country.