Royal fam­ily sheikh up

The Africa Report - - BRIEFING -

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.

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