BREAKING NEWS Out Of Saudi Arabia

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Mohammed bin Salman is now first in line to the throne CREDIT: REUTERS

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman’s son, Prince Mohammed bin Salman was made heir to the throne yesterday in an endorsement of his plans to overhaul the kingdom’s economy and aggressively confront Iran in the Middle East. 

He gained the title of crown prince at the expense of his older cousin, Mohammed bin Nayaf, who was stripped of his position as the first in line to the the throne and also lost his job as Saudi Arabia’s interior minister, Telegraph reported.

The move ends any uncertainty over who will succeed King Salman, who is 81 and in poor health, and puts the future of Saudi Arabia in the hands of a young modernising prince who could potentially rule for decades.

The all-but-certain takeover of the throne by Mohammed bin Salman awards near absolute powers to a prince who has ruled out dialogue with rival Iran, has moved to isolate neighboring Qatar for its support of Islamist groups and who has led a devastating war in Yemen that has killed thousands of civilians, Fox News reported.

The prince already oversees a vast portfolio as defense minister. He has become popular among some of Saudi Arabia’s majority young population for pushing reforms that have opened the deeply conservative country to entertainment and greater foreign investment as part of an effort to overhaul the economy.

He had previously been second-in-line to the throne as deputy crown prince, though royal watchers had long suspected his rise to power under his father’s reign might accelerate his ascension.

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