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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

Choosing an heir to the Saudi Arabian throne

Ensuring continuity: King Abdullah and Prince Salman arrive in Mecca to attend the funeral of Prince Nayef

The Al-Saud succession challenge Subscription Required

21 June 2012 | By Matthew Martin

The Saudi royal family now faces the task of lining up a second generation of princes as potential heirs

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Test: Prince Nayef must take the pressure for change

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz dies

16 June 2012 | By Matthew Martin , Colin Foreman

Heir to the kingdom’s throne passed away on 16 June

Prince Talal quits Saudi Arabia's succession council Subscription Required

20 November 2011 | By Matthew Martin

Reformist prince steps down from body that appoints new Saudi rulers

Analysis

Staving off protests in Saudi Arabia Subscription Required

Issue 51 23-29 December 2011 | By Dominic Dudley

Saudi Arabia has witnessed low-level demonstrations throughout the year. The authorities have responded by toughening legislation

Comment

Prince Nayef: His legacy will continue to be felt

Saudi reform is top of the agenda

21 June 2012

New generation of royals in the kingdom will have to pursue reform more vigorously or risk losing the stability they prize

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.

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