King Salman of Saudi Arabia on Wednesday appointed his 31-year-old son, Mohammed bin Salman as crown Prince, replacing Prince Mohammed bin Nayef.
In a series of royal decrees carried on the state-run Saudi Press Agency, the monarch stripped Prince Mohammed bin Nayef from his title as crown prince and from his powerful position as the country’s interior minister overseeing security.
Mohammed bin Salman had enjoyed a vast portfolio as defense minister and was second-in-line to the throne as deputy crown prince.
Salman had ruled out dialogue with Iran and had moved to isolate Qatar.
He had previously been in charge of his father’s royal court when Salman was the crown prince.