How a Saudi Prince Unseated His Cousin to Become the Kingdom’s Heir Apparent

20 Jul 2017   Saudi Arabia

After a wakeful night confined to a Mecca palace lounge, Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef emerged into a marble-walled room the morning of June 21. The 57-year-old prince found a waiting crowd, cameras, a security guard with his hand on a gun—and his cousin Mohammed bin Salman, 31, the favored son of King Salman, newly installed as his successor as heir apparent and crown prince. An inside…

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