Death of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (1930-2011): October 21, 2011

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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

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.
he may rest in pieace :sad: :ermm:
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this is sad news.
I've always thought Prince Sultan is respectful man.
may Prayer goes to him and his family.
Condolences to the Saudi Royal Family :rose:
May he rest in peace. :rose:
I hope the Saudi Royal Family may elect their new CP soon.
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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.
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RIP, Crown Prince Sultan...
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I hope God has mercy on Sultan's soul. He was a charitable man who built schools and houses across his country. There is this nice video on Youtube of him talking to this disabled boy, it really was a video that changed my thoughts on him.

He was rightfully called Al-Sultan Al-Khair
An ambitious and diligent Crown Prince
Sydney Morning Herald
- 26 October 2010

The death of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz highlights the dangers of a power vacuum in Saudi Arabia, which is responsible for 25 per cent of the world's oil. The kingdom is ruled by a frail gerontocracy, despite its oil wealth and political vulnerability. Sultan was the half-brother of the 87-year-old King Abdullah.

Sultan was born in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, probably in 1930, although some sources say 1924. He was the second of the elite ''Sudairi seven'', the sons of the kingdom's founder, King Abdul Aziz Al Saud (commonly known as Ibn Saud) by his wife Hussa bint Ahmad al-Sudairi. Ibn Saud had some 45 recorded sons by as many as 32 wives, of whom Hussa was pre-eminent.

...He joined the cabinet in 1953, the year that Ibn Saud died and was succeeded as king by his son Saud. Sultan became agriculture minister, helping to settle Saudi Arabia's bedouin on modern farms and was considered hardworking and pugnacious. In 1955, he was appointed communications minister, a post he held until 1962. That year, Sultan became the kingdom's defence and aviation minister. When it became clear to the princes that King Saud was a failure, Sultan pressed for his abdication in favour of the charismatic Faisal, demanding that it should be brought about by force, if necessary. Saud stepped down in March 1964, and Faisal became king that November.

...People who knew Sultan praised his ''strategic vision, the capacity to think big'', in particular after the 1973-74 oil price rises...Sultan had a reputation for a fierce temper but his habit of working deep into the night won him the nickname of ''bulbul'' (nightingale). He was both a conservative and political moderate.

For some time, he was said to have suffered from ill health, having been diagnosed with colon cancer in 2004 and latterly affected by Alzheimer's disease.

Sultan had some 32 children by 10 wives.
Posts discussing the naming of the next Crown Prince and the Allegiance Council (a body set up by King Abdullah to make the Royal Family's complex succession procedure more transparent) have been moved to a new thread, Saudi Succession.
A few pictures of Sheikh Mohammed and King Abdullah II of Jordan giving their condolences

Mohammed returns from Saudi
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no picture for who come with king abdullah ?

The following accompanied King Abdullah II

Their Royal Highnesses princes Faisal, Hamzah, Hashem, Talal Ben Mohammad and Rashed Ibn Al Hassan as well as Senate President Taher Masri, Lower House Speaker Faisal Fayez, the King's adviser for tribal affairs, Sharif Fawaz Zaben Abdullah, foreign minister Nasser Judeh, Chief Justice Ahmad Hlayel, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Lt. Gen. Meshal Al Zaben and Jordan's ambassador in Riyadh, Jamal Shamayleh.
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