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The New Saudi King Just Made A Bunch Of Changes To His Government

The new ruler of Saudi Arabia, King Salman, is reorganizing the country's government. Salman is setting up an economic development council, according to Bloomberg. The current interior minister and newly appointed deputy crown prince, Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef, will be in charge of the new council. Show More Summary

Open thread for night owls: New Saudi king puts ruthless, U.S. favorite third in line for the throne

Secretary Kerry Shakes Hands With hard-nosed Saudi Interior Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Nayef in February 2014. Bin Nayef is now deputy crown prince, third in line to the throne of the kingdom. Marcy Wheeler (emptywheel) discusses the Saudi succession. Show More Summary

Who Is More "Demented,": Saudi King Salman Or The Washington Post?

Prior to his accession to the throne of the world's largest oil exporter yesterday, pretty much all reports one could find had then Crown Prince Salman ibn Abdulaziz ibn Abdul Rahman al Sa'ud as the Man In Charge during the final decline...Show More Summary

Saudi Arabia marks ascension of new king through Internet channels

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The passing of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah was hardly a surprise. The nonagenarian monarch was known to be in poor health, and rumors of his death had swirled for months. The succession of his brother, Crown Prince Salman, was a foregone conclusion. So much so that, not long after King Abdullah was declared dead on Thursday, the Saudi […]

Saudi Arabia marks ascension of new king through Internet channels

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The passing of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah was hardly a surprise. The nonagenarian monarch was known to be in poor health, and rumors of his death had swirled for months. The succession of his brother, Crown Prince Salman, was a foregone conclusion.Read full article >>

Who is Saudi Arabia’s new King Salman?

After the death of King Abdullah, Saudi Arabia quickly announced that one of his younger brothers, Crown Prince Salman, was succeeding him. The man taking control of the world’s top oil exporter is well established in the Gulf kingdom’s corridors of power. Salman, 79, is “a stalwart of the royal family” who is “viewed as […]

The Saudis Just Gave Their Answer To The Dynasty Succession Crisis

After the death of King Abdullah, the Saudi Kingdom is facing its biggest dynastic challenge in 50 years. Abduallah's half-brother Salman, 79, will now assume the throne, and the 69-year-old Muqrin is currently his crown prince and heir. Show More Summary

10 Things You Need To Know Before European Markets Open

Saudi King Abdullah Is Dead. Saudi Arabia's 91-year-old King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has died, according to Saudi media outlets. He was admitted to the hospital in Riyadh for "medical checks" at the end of December. Crown Prince Salman has been named the new king. And Oil Prices Jumped. Show More Summary

Expect No Change In Oil Policy With The Passing Of Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz Ibn Abdul Rahman al Sa'ud

Abdullah ibn Abdulaziz ibn Abdul Rahman al Sa'ud, king of Saudi Arabia from 2005 until some hours ago, has died at the age of 90. He has been succeeded already by the Crown Prince, Salman ibn Abdulaziz ibn Abdul Rahman al Sa'ud, ageShow More Summary

Saudi King Abdullah dies at 90, Crown Prince Salman is new king

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, the powerful U.S. ally who fought al-Qaida and sought to modernize the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom, including by nudging open greater opportunities for women, has died. He was 90. A royal court statement said the king died at 1 a.m. on Friday. His successor was announced as 79-year-old half-brother, Prince Salman, a […]

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah had strong ties with U.S. leaders

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud whodied at 90 years old on Friday, local time, had strong ties with U.S. leaders throughout his decade on the throne. The Saudi leader was named crown prince in 1982 and officially took power when his brother, King Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, died in 2005. Show More Summary

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah Is Dead

The world's No. 1 oil exporter has a new ruler in place: King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia died at about age 90 and was immediately replaced by his brother, Crown Prince Salman. Abdullah, ill with pneumonia of late, had ruled officially as king for the last decade, though he essentially...

Saudi Arabian King Abdulla Dead At 90

Crown Prince Salman, 78, will be the new king. Saudi state TV says King Abdullah, the powerful U.S. ally who joined Washington’s fight against al-Qaida and sought to modernize the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom has died. He was 90. The TV station said Abdullah died Friday. His expected successor is his 79-year-old half-brother, Prince Salman, who [...]

Saudi King Abdullah Has Died; Crude Prices Jump

After first falling ill and being hospitalized in December, Saudi Arabia officials have announced: CROWN PRINCE SALMAN SUCCEEDS ABDULLAH AS SAUDI KING: STATE TV As we noted previously when considering this possibility, "a new King can...Show More Summary

Saudi King Abdullah Has Died, Replaced By Crown Prince Salman

Over at Bloomberg, just a news blurb at the top of the page so far. Now, the way I heard it -- and who knows what the hell the truth is -- is that King Abdullah was more or less...

Oil News: Venezuela Gets Desperate and Begs OPEC Partners to Cut Oil Production

The President of Venezuela met with Iran’s supreme leader and Saudi’s Crown Prince in hopes of getting its OPEC peers to cut oil production so that oil prices would head higher.

Saudi Arabia: With the king ailing, succession speculation begins

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah is ill, the kingdom is facing the lowest oil prices in years (partly by choice) and it remains locked in a regional rivalry with Iran. Yet Crown Prince Salman, stepping in for the monarch to deliver an annual televised speech to the nation on Tuesday, sought to reassure the public that […]

Saudi official blames the weak global economy for oil tensions

A weak global economy is the main reason for “tensions” in world oil markets, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince said Tuesday, in a speech on behalf of ailing King Abdullah. Prince Salman also indirectly touched on the violence ravaging Syria and neighboring Iraq, saying Saudi Arabia remains “an oasis of peace” despite turmoil around it. “You […]

King Says Saudi Arabia To Deal With Weak Oil Challenge With 'firm Will'

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah said on Tuesday the world's top oil exporter would deal "with a firm will" with the challenge posed by lower oil prices in a speech read on his behalf by Crown Prince Salman and broadcast on state television. Show More Summary

Monday Evening Open Thread: Game of Thrones, Reality Edition

The unfortunate side effects of modern medical care — and no dragons. Joshua Keating, at Slate, on “Saudi Arabia’s Succession Time Bomb“: On Monday, Saudi Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz al-Saud reassured the country’s Cabinet about...Show More Summary

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