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Succession in Saudi Arabia

The Royal family in Saudi Arabia must line up a second generation of princes as potential heirs to the Al-Saud throne

Analysis

Riyadh in Saudi Arabia

Saudi government continues massive spending plans Subscription Required

10 February 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Positive forecasts for construction sector as government announces additional infrastructure spending

Unchanged fiscal strategy for Saudi Arabia

Unchanged fiscal strategy for Saudi Arabia Subscription Required

9 February 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

There had been expectations of sweeping changes to the kingdom’s economic strategy

Stability: King Salman's (extreme right) first priority was to establish a clear line of succession to the throne

Saudi Arabia's next generation emerges Subscription Required

27 January 2015

The many challenges facing Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

The House of Saud

The House of Saud Subscription Required

27 January 2015

Take a look at the house of Saud’s family tree through MEED’s image gallery

King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

Obituary: King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud Subscription Required

23 January 2015 | By Richard Thompson

The death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah deprives the Middle East of one of its most forceful political leaders of recent times

King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

Saudi Arabia: Testing times for 2015 Subscription Required

22 January 2015

The kingdom is entering a pivotal year as it attempts to tackle global oil prices, the threat of terrorism and social unrest

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Timeline: Al-Saud Throne

1932

The lands controlled by Abdulaziz unite as Saudi Arabia and he becomes King

1953

King Abdulaziz dies. Saud Bin Abdulaziz al-Saud is anointed King

1964

Crown Prince Faysal Bin Abdulaziz al-Saud deposes his brother to become King

1975

King Faysal is assassinated; he is succeeded by his brother, Khalid Bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

1982

King Khalid dies. His brother Crown Prince Fahd Bin Abdulaziz al-Saud takes the throne

2005

King Fahd dies. He is succeeded by his brother Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

2011

Heir to the throne Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz al-Saud dies in October. Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz al-Saud is named Crown Prince

2012

78-year-old Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz al-Saud dies on 16 June. His brother Prince Salman succeeds him, becoming heir to the throne of Saudi Arabia.

2015

Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud becomes king, following the death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud in the early hours of the morning on 23 January.

Comment

King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

Salman reshuffle changes everything Subscription Required

29 April 2015 | By Richard Thompson

After four months of ‘continuity’, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud has unveiled the most far reaching shake up of government the kingdom has ever seen

New Saudi Health Minister Khalid al-Falih (left) and Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi

Riyadh turns to the technocrats Subscription Required

29 April 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Saudi Aramco CEO is the latest to be given senior government role

Saudi Arabia's Prince Mohammed bin Nayef

Saudi generation change moves one step closer Subscription Required

29 April 2015 | By Colin Foreman

King Salman will be the last of King Abdulaziz’s sons to rule the kingdom

King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

Managers not monarchs matter most in Saudi Arabia

23 January 2015 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

Radical economic progress and measured social reform were hallmarks of King Abdullah’s reign

King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

Salman's first challenge is to secure the succession

23 January 2015 | By Richard Thompson

The new ruler must continue the approach of the late king and to present a clear and confident succession plan

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