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Saudi King appoints Prince Nayef as new Crown Prince

The Interior Minister has been named heir to the throne following the death of Crown Prince Sultan

Saudi King appoints Prince Nayef as new Crown Prince
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has appointed Interior Minister Prince Nayef as the new crown prince, the Royal Court has said. (AFP/Getty Images)
Saudi King appoints Prince Nayef as new Crown Prince
Nayef attends the 33rd King Faisal International Prize ceremony in Riyadh in March this year. Nayef, a half-brother of King Abdullah, was born around 1933 in Taif. Growing up in the royal court of the 1930s and 1940s, Nayef is of the last generation of Saudis who knew the austere desert kingdom before the first flush of oil wealth changed it beyond all recognition.(AFP/Getty Images)
Saudi King appoints Prince Nayef as new Crown Prince
The new appointment comes \nfollowing the death of former heir to the throne, Crown Prince Sultan, who passed away due to colon cancer in New York almost a week ago. He was the kingdom's defence and aviation minister for nearly five decades. (AFP/Getty Images)
Saudi King appoints Prince Nayef as new Crown Prince
The King's choice came as no surprise, with Prince Nayef tipped to take the place of Crown Prince Sultan last week. (AFP/Getty Images)
Saudi King appoints Prince Nayef as new Crown Prince
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (L) meets with Prince Nayef, in April 2009 in Riyadh. As interior minister since 1975, a post to which he was reappointed in the Royal Court statement, Nayef has developed a reputation as a conservative with close ties to the Saudi religious establishment. (Getty Images)
Saudi King appoints Prince Nayef as new Crown Prince
Nayef is sometimes portrayed as putting the brakes on the King Abdullah's cautious reforms which aim to reconcile the kingdom's conservative Islamic traditions with a youthful, increasingly outward looking population in the Middle East's largest economy. Earlier this year Nayef publicly admonished a member of the mainly consultative Shura Council who had called for a review of the ban on women driving. (AFP/Getty Images)
Saudi King appoints Prince Nayef as new Crown Prince
Prince Nayef is pictured at a meeting with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (R) and Egyptian Interior Minister Habib Al-Adli (L) in October 2009. In recent years he has already run the kingdom on a day-to-day basis when King Abdullah and Prince Sultan were both absent. King Abdullah's recurrent back problem has caused him to go abroad for medical treatment. (AFP/Getty Images)
Saudi King appoints Prince Nayef as new Crown Prince
Prince Nayef (C Front) attends the 5th Global Competitiveness Forum held in Riyadh in January 2011. Analysts and former diplomats suspect that Crown Prince Nayef might show a different side to his character in his new position. (AFP/Getty Images)