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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


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 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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