Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been appointed the Kingdom’s as crown prince, replacing Prince Mohammed bin Naif, after a royal decree was issued by King Salman bin Abdulaziz early on Wednesday morning. Born Nov. 4, 1983, he is the youngest ever interior minister to serve.
The Saudi Press Agency confirmed that 31 out of 34 members of Saudi Arabia’s Allegiance Council chose Mohammed bin Salman as the kingdom’s crown prince during a meeting at Al Safa Palace in Makkah during the early hours of Wednesday.
King Salman has called for a public pledging of allegiance to the Crown Prince in Mecca on Wednesday. Mohammed bin Salman was also named deputy prime minister, and maintains his post as minister of defense.
The royal decree also appointed Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif as interior minister, a post held by the former crown prince while Ahmed bin Mohammed al-Salem was named deputy minister of interior. Dr. Nasser al-Daoud was relieved of his post and appointed as under-secretary of the interior ministry.
The new crown prince has also served in a concurrent capacity as defense minister and chairman of the Council for Economic and Development Affairs.