Who will be the next heir at world’s top oil exporter?


On Sunday, June 18, Saudi Arabia buried Crown Prince Nayef, the former heir to the throne of 89-year-old King Abdullah. A new successor will soon be named as the world’s top oil exporter faces a challenging time at home and abroad. Saudi succession issue after Crown Prince Nayef’s death adds to state’s problems such as Shia unrest and youth joblessness. Nayef’s death, just 8 months after he replaced his late brother Sultan as crown prince, raises the issue of succession because of the advanced age of the first line of apparent heirs, in a time of turmoil rocking the Arab world. Eyed as a possible candidate is Prince Salman, 76, another son of Saudi Arabia’s founder Abdul-aziz Ibn Saud.

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