Srinagar: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has appointed his son, Mohammed bin Salman, as heir, in a major reshuffle announced on Wednesday, media reports said.
According to reports a royal decree removed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, a 57-year-old nephew of the king, as next-in-line to the throne and replaced him with Mohammed bin Salman, 31, who was previously the deputy crown prince.
According to the official Saudi Press Agency, the newly-announced crown prince was also named deputy prime minister and maintained his post as defence minister.
The former crown prince was also fired from his post as interior minister, the decree said.
Saudi Arabia’s Allegiance Council voted 34 to 31 in favour of the changes, according to the state-owned al-Arabiya channel.
The Saudi king called for a public pledging of allegiance to the new crown prince early on Wednesday, the channel said, and Mohammed bin Nayef promptly vowed his loyalty after the decree.