Prince Salman has been appointed the new crown prince of Saudi Arabia, becoming the next-in-line to 88-year-old King Abdullah’s throne.
The appointment, by royal decree quoted on state television, follows the death in Geneva on Saturday of Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud.
Prince Salman, 76, is the current defence minister and has been governor of the capital Riyadh for many decades.
Prince Nayef, who was 78, died during medical treatment.
Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud is thought to be pragmatic and more liberal-minded than his late brother, who was seen as more conservative than King Abdullah and personally committed to maintaining strict religious traditions.
However, the move had been widely expected and is unlikely to bring any substantial change, BBC Arab affairs analyst Sebastian Usher reports.
Finally, some much needed youth injected into the line of succession. 76! A baby!
wait wait. the king is 88, and his oldest son who just died was 78? my math aint so good, but doesnt that mean theres some crazy ass pedo fuckin going on with these mooslims