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Saudi King Appoints New Crown Prince, Foreign Minister

by VOA News April 29, 2015

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz reshuffled a number of top posts Wednesday, including naming his nephew Prince Mohammed bin Nayef as the new crown prince.

The new heir apparent replaces the king's half-brother, Muqrin, who had been named crown prince in January when King Salman took power upon the death of the King Abdullah.

In another move, also announced by a decree in state media, the king appointed a new foreign minister, elevating the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. Adel al-Jubeir to replace longtime diplomat Saud al-Faisal.

The king's son, Prince Mohammad bin Salman, is the new deputy crown prince.

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