RE­CAP­TURE OF MOSUL MOSQUE MARKS ‘END’ OF IS, SAY IRAQI FORCES

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - News -

A se­nior Saudi of­fi­cial on Thurs­day de­nied as “base­less” a New York Times re­port that Prince Mo­hammed bin Nayef has been con­fined to his palace and barred from trav­el­ling abroad af­ter be­ing re­placed by the king’s son as next in line to the throne.

The New York Times, cit­ing four Amer­i­can of­fi­cials and Saudis close to the royal fam­ily, said Mo­hammed bin Nayef is “barred from leav­ing the king­dom and con­fined to his palace” in Jed­dah.

How­ever, the Saudi of­fi­cial told Reuters that Mo­hammed bin Nayef was con­tin­u­ing to host guests and there were no re­stric­tions on his move­ments. Mo­hammed bin Nayef was re­lieved of all his du­ties a week ago. In his place as Crown Prince, King Sal­man ap­pointed his son Mo­hammed bin Sal­man who also serves as de­fence min­is­ter.

Mo­hammed bin Sal­man’s pro­mo­tion ended two years of spec­u­la­tion about a be­hind-the-scenes ri­valry near the pin­na­cle of royal power, but an­a­lysts said he still has to win over pow­er­ful rel­a­tives, cler­ics and tribes­men.

Al­though Mo­hammed bin Sal­man’s pro­mo­tion to crown prince had long been ex­pected, the tim­ing was a sur­prise, and puts the king­dom’s fu­ture in rel­a­tively untested hands.

REUTERS FILE

For­mer Saudi crown prince Mo­hammed Bin Nayef.

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