Crown Prince in charge as Saudi King takes holiday
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, named heir to the throne last month, took temporary charge of the country on Monday as the King left on holiday.
Prince Mohammed's father, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, issued a royal decree deputising his son to ‘manage state affairs and guard the interests of the people’ during the monarch's ‘personal break’, state news agency SPA reported.
On June 21, King Salman stripped the title of crown prince from his nephew Mohammed bin Nayef, naming 31 year old Prince Mohammed, often known as MBS, as heir to the throne.
The Crown Prince has earned a reputation as a reformist in the kingdom but is seen by some as lacking experience.