Royal family sheikh up
Saudi king Salman bin Abdulaziz ushered in a new era of political transformation in the kingdom by appointing a new heir to the throne from the next generation of the ruling family. Salman ended the 60-year tradition of naming an heir from the many children of Saudi Arabia’s founder, Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, his father. In late April, he named his nephew Mohammad bin Naif, 55, as crown prince – the next in line to the throne. The move aims to combat the growing generational divide between rulers and ruled. About 70% of Saudi Arabians are under 30, but the country’s recent leaders have been in their 70s and 80s.