Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Appointed As Prime Minister

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In this Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, file photo, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a virtual G-20 summit held over video conferencing, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.(Bandar Aljaloud/Saudi Royal Palace via AP, File)

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman named his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as the prime minister of the kingdom, a royal decree showed on Tuesday.

The Crown Prince, 37, who officially served until now as the kingdom’s defense minister and deputy prime minister, is already widely viewed as the kingdom’s de facto leader. The 86-year-old King Salman has been suffering from ill health for years.

The Crown Prince’s younger brother, Khalid bin Salman, who previously served as deputy defense minister will now serve as defense minister. Another son, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, will continue to serve as energy minister.

Newly appointed Defense Minister, Khalid bin Salman. (Twitter)

The royal decree appointing him as prime minister was carried by the Saudi Press Agency. It said King Salman will continue to chair the Cabinet meetings that he attends.

The 37-year-old crown prince, widely known by the acronym MBS, has taken the lead on Vision 2030, the kingdom’s wide-ranging plan to transform its economy and end its dependency on oil.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem & AP)

4 COMMENTS

  1. Good. He’s a force for positive change in Saudia, which is why the left is so determined to take him down. Kashoggi was one of theirs, a Moslem Brotherhood operative, so they’re upset that he was killed. Tough luck.

  2. “Kashoggi was one of theirs, a Moslem Brotherhood operative, so they’re upset that he was killed.”

    That is idiotic. The left was upset that a journalist was brutally murdered, not because he had ties to the Moslem Brotherhood (whether or not he still held of the hashkafos of the Moslem Brotherhood in his later years is a matter of dispute anyhow).