Saturday, June 16, 2012

Saudi Crown Prince Nayef dies at 78

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz al-Saud died at the age of 78 on Saturday at a hospital in Switzerland after months of illness.

Saudi Crown Prince Nayef bids farewell
Nayef, interior minister since 1975 and thought to be 78, was the heir to Saudi King Abdullah and was appointed crown prince in October after the death of his elder brother and predecessor in the role, Crown Prince Sultan.

Next in line to the throne, the prince’s death means King Abdullah must now name a new heir.

Defence Minister Prince Salman, 76, seen as likely to continue King Abdullah’s cautious reforms, has long been viewed as the next most senior prince in the kingdom’s succession.

read more: France24


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