Crown Prince in charge as Saudi King takes hol­i­day

Muscat Daily - - REGION -

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.

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