Saudi King Deposes Nephew And Promotes Son To Crown Prince

Prince Mohammed bin Salman
Prince Mohammed bin Salman, seen here in May 2012, is now next in line to take over the oil-rich kingdom of Saudi Arabia after a royal decree from Saudi King Salman on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman
Prince Mohammed bin Salman, seen here in May 2012, is now next in line to take over the oil-rich kingdom of Saudi Arabia after a royal decree from Saudi King Salman on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

Saudi King Deposes Nephew And Promotes Son To Crown Prince

King Salman of Saudi Arabia replaced his nephew, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, as crown prince on Wednesday when the King promoted his 31-year-old son, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to be the new heir to the throne.

We talk about the royal upheaval with Joseph Kechichian, a senior writer for the Dubai-based Gulf News. He’s also author of numerous books on the Persian Gulf region, including the books Succession in Saudi Arabia and his most recent translation of Nabil Khalife’s book, The Attempt to Uproot Sunni-Arab Influence: A Geo-strategic analysis of the Western, Israeli and Iranian Quest for Domination.