China congratulates Saudi Arabia's new crown prince

Saudi king upends royal succession, names son as 1st heir

"The king needed to strengthen his son's position amid the current turmoil in the region". Mohammed bin Nayef became crown prince in 2015 after the death of the previous king, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.

"A lot of people are happy that a younger generation is coming to power, but those who are upset are the older generation, no doubt about it, who are not used to this kind of dramatic change", said Joseph A. Kechichian, a senior fellow at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies.

Photo Mohammed bin Salman past year in France. MBS is shown kissing his older cousin's hand and kneeling before him; the outgoing crown prince is heard telling him: "I will rest now, and God help you".

Trump and the crown prince additionally "discussed efforts to achieve a lasting peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians and ways to further deepen economic cooperation between the United States and Saudi Arabia". Iranian news outlets pointed to one anonymous Twitter account, which claims to share secrets from the Saudi elite and is now claiming that King Salman will step down within days.

The decision was approved by 31 of the 34 members of the Allegiance Council, the group responsible for determining the future succession to the throne.

The enticements come as the kingdom's war in Yemen drags on and citizens for the first time pay taxes, imposed after oil prices fell. He ordered the reinstatement of all civil service benefits cut as part of an austerity package.

He also extended the end-of-Ramadan Eid Al-Fitr holidays until July 9 for civil servants.

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In the Hashtag several citizens posted the pictures and the videos of Prince Muhammad Bin Naif pledging allegiance to the new crown prince.

Prince bin Salman is also fronting Vision 2030, he plans to diversify the economy away from its dependency on oil, and there must be a new motion with the change in the leadership, she noted.

In separate cables to the king and the prince, Doha said it wished for "more progress for brotherly relations between the two brotherly countries", QNA said.

Saudi stocks climbed, but otherwise the market reaction was muted, likely reflecting the fact that many observers had been expecting this to happen. It closed 5.5 percent higher on news of Mohammed's appointment as well as word that the exchange had moved closer to joining a major global index.

While working as defense minister, he oversaw the Saudi-led military coalition against the Houthi rebels from Yemen.

Mohammed bin Nayef had strong personal support from the security forces and intelligence apparatus, said Jane Kinninmont, a Middle East expert at Chatham House. While the USA president has made statements siding with Saudi Arabia, Washington has shown mounting frustration over the kingdom's role in the crisis.

The Saudi shake-up also comes as the kingdom and its Gulf allies pursue a punishing feud with neighboring Qatar, cutting off trade and air traffic in response to what they say is Qatar's support for terrorists.

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