Friday, October 28, 2011

Saudi King Abdullah Names Interior Minister as Crown Prince

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Oct. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah named his interior minister and half brother as crown prince, putting a conservative chief of police next in line to lead the world’s largest oil exporter.
The appointment of Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, 78 this year, was announced by state television, citing a royal decree. Saudi princes pledged their allegiance to Nayef, it said.
Head of the Interior Ministry since 1975, Nayef becomes the most powerful prince in the kingdom at a time of turmoil in the Middle East and high unemployment at home. He backed the religious police and clamped down on the Shiite minority, according to Jane Kinninmont at Chatham House in London.
“Nayef has spent his entire career as the country’s police chief and is going to keep a firm lid on dissent,” said British author and historian Robert Lacey. “He will do it his way.”
His predecessor, Prince Sultan, died on Oct. 22. He was buried in an unmarked grave in Riyadh in accordance with the Wahhabi interpretation of Islam. U.S.
Vice President Joe Biden led an American delegation to Riyadh yesterday to offer condolences to Abdullah. The delegation met with Nayef and Prince Salman, the governor of the Riyadh province. Read More...                              


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