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Old 03-27-2009, 11:33 PM
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(CNN) -- Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah on Friday appointed Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz to be the nation's second deputy prime minister, making him second in line to the kingdom's throne, the state-run Saudi Press Agency said. Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz currently serves as Saudi Arabia's interior minister.

The royal decree "was issued with immediate effect," SPA said.


The appointment of Abdullah's powerful half-brother to the post means that Nayef is now the country's crown prince in waiting and second in succession to be king.
Nayef, who currently serves as the interior minister, is considered more conservative than Abdullah, viewed by some as a liberal reformer.

Nayef's appointment appears to reverse a trend that began in February, when Abdullah announced a major cabinet reshuffling in which many hard-line conservatives were dismissed and replaced with younger, more moderate members.
Those replaced included the minister of justice and minister of information.The appointments, which represented the largest shakeup since Abdullah took power in 2005, were welcomed in Saudi Arabia as progressive moves by the king.

The current crown prince and deputy prime minister, Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, left Saudi Arabia a few months ago to undergo medical tests and surgery in New York. His health has been the subject of intense speculation in Saudi Arabia, but the Saudi government maintains his health has improved.


Last week, media reports quoted Nayef downplaying the rumors about Sultan's health.

"I would like to assure you that the crown prince's health is very good," he told reporters, according to the Arab News. "God willing, after the medical vacation he will return to the kingdom in full health."

Thursday's announcement answers a long-standing question regarding the country's plan for royal succession and represents the latest in a line of moves by the Saudi king that could have a long-lasting impact on the direction of the kingdom.
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Old 03-28-2009, 06:42 AM
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Nayef NOT named Crown Prince

Prince Sultan retains the title of Crown Prince (at least for the moment) and the position of First Deputy Prime Minister.
Prince Nayef has been appointed Second Deputy Prime Minister, making him second in line to the throne after Crown Prince Sultan.

This is what Wiki has to say about Prince Nayef:

HRH Prince Naif/Nayef bin Abdul Aziz (born 1933): The Second Deputy Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia. He is one of the six surviving members of the Sudairi Seven, all sons of King Ibn Saud and Hassa bint Ahmad Al Sudairi, which includes the Crown Prince.

Prince Nayef implemented the Al Saud decision to begin issuing women with identity cards in November 2001. The Directorate of Civil Status issued the first ID to women, thus making it much easier for women to carry out transactions - financial, legal and social - and is therefore considered a highly significant move. Previously women were registered on their husband's or father's ID cards.
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Old 10-22-2011, 06:18 AM
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Nayef, the soon to be Crown Prince is, shall we say, certainly critical of the United States and is no friend of Isreal so it will be interesting to see how successful diplomacy should be should he ever succeed King Abdullah.

Also, he is said to be one of the most conservative members of the Al Saud.

I certainly wish the incumbent monarch many more years to come.
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Old 10-22-2011, 08:57 AM
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Prince Nayef was deputy Crown Prince but it is not certain if he will be the next Crown Prince.

Im not sure if many are aware of the council the King created a few years ago, here is a good brief description of it

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It is possible the king will for the first time put the decision of his heir to the Allegiance Council, a body Abdullah created as one of his reforms, made up of his brothers, half-brothers and nephews with a mandate to determine the succession. That would open the choice up to a degree of debate within the top echelons of the royal family.

Traditionally the king names his successor. Abdullah formed the council in order to modernize the process and give a wider voice in the choice.
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Prince Sultan's body will be prayed on and buried on Tuesday afternoon in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia according to Saudi TV.
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Old 10-22-2011, 09:14 PM
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I dont know but all the senior royals are very old.

Abdullah is 88, Nayef is 78, Salman is 75.

They could play the wildcard and make Turki al-Faisal or Saud al-Faisal the next king.

Anyway RIP Prince Sultan bin-Abdul Aziz Al Sa'ud
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Old 10-22-2011, 09:26 PM
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I agree it's time for a fresh air in the royal family I think it's also very important to Saudi Arabia to have a CP and king from the new generation.
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Old 10-22-2011, 11:26 PM
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I somehow think that Turki al-Faisal bin-Faisal Al Sa'ud would make a good king because he is only 65, educated, calm and King Faisal was a good king who was progressive and powerful

Turki is not as 'hardcore' as Nayef

I hope the Kingdom becomes a constitutional kingdom where instead of the king, the Shura council has most of the power since Shura is consultation and that in turn can mean parliament. Because now the king can do whatever he wants pretty much although it's changing.

God willing for a more democratic Saudi Arabia!
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Old 10-23-2011, 02:23 AM
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Saudi king to hold historic vote - Telegraph
Saudi Arabia's absolute monarch will make an historic concession to the principle of the ballot in coming days as a special council votes for the first time on who should succeed him as ruler.

Saudi Crown Prince Sultan Has Died - Bloomberg
Prince Nayef, born in 1934, is the most likely candidate for the crown prince position. King Abdullah, who is 87, underwent surgery earlier this month to relieve back pain after traveling to the U.S. in November for three months of medical care.

Analysis:Untested Saudi family council key to orderly succession | Reuters
The death of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Sultan puts the spotlight on an untested system of succession set up by King Abdullah in 2006 to ensure stability in the world's top oil exporter.
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Old 10-24-2011, 02:12 AM
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Prince Salman bib Abdulaziz al-Saud is named a new Crown Prince today.
Not Prince Nayef...
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Old 10-24-2011, 02:46 AM
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Prince Salman bib Abdulaziz al-Saud is named a new Crown Prince today.
Not Prince Nayef...
Serious?

Thats good because Nayef is not really reformist although he is a wonderful keeper of stability and has successfully enliminated extremists.

Salman is younger and is actually maybe a reformer

He also is A BOSS
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Prince Salman bib Abdulaziz al-Saud is named a new Crown Prince today.
Not Prince Nayef...
I have had a look at your link and it does not say that HRH prince Salman is crown prince.
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Obviously it will be Nayef.

Dont dare dream about reform then.

If you want reform then probabaly it should be Salman or to a greater extent Saud Al Faisal, Khalid Al Faisal or Turki Al Faisal because the sons of King Faisal are the reformists
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I would assume that the 3 names of the Crown Prince's position would be announced or the names won't be announced but just who has been chosen. For reform, Nayef is not the person, they would need to have someone else. I doubt Nayef will be chosen.
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Old 10-25-2011, 06:20 AM
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RIP, Crown Prince Sultan...

As for sons of King Abdul-Aziz: apart from current King, how many of them are still alive?
How old are they?
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Old 10-25-2011, 07:02 AM
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RIP, Crown Prince Sultan...

As for sons of King Abdul-Aziz: apart from current King, how many of them are still alive?
How old are they?
the ones I know:

Bandar(1923-) Unknown guy
Mu'said(1923-) Father of the guy who assassinated HM King Faisal
Mishaal(1927-) No politics only is a businessman
Talaal(1930-) Father of Al Waleed but is not in line. Was for a period pro Gemal Abdel Nasser before he was rehabilitated. 'Free Prince' movement.
Abdul Rahman(1931)- Minister of Airways i think.
Nayef(1933-) Interior minister. Conservative but has a tight grip and has thwarted radicals
Salman(1937-) Governor of Riyadh Province. Seems reformist and his son Sultan went into space


Few others
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May God has mercy on Sultan's soul.I think most likely prince Nayef,minister of interior will be named the crown prince.
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Old 10-25-2011, 11:11 AM
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To what i read a while ago is that the new CP/future king needs to be a full Saudi national. I won't be surprised if Prince Salman is chosen or put as deputy crown prince.

Saudi Succession Committee under the spotlight as country mourns Crown Prince
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Old 10-27-2011, 06:23 PM
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it's official:
Prince Nayef named as Crown Prince & Deputy Prime Minister
BEIRUT: Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah appointed Interior Minister Prince Nayef as his new heir in the world's top oil exporter, said a royal court statement read out on state television early Friday....Source
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Old 10-27-2011, 10:11 PM
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An obvious choice to name Prince Nayef. If he becomes king, he wont cancel out any of Abdullah's reforms because that will harm the stability of the Al Saud.

He is conservative and he is not the most healthy guy out there. A massive generation shift will come soon and it should pass on to the Al Faisals(sons of Faisal)

All the big senior princes are in their 70's at least
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