Thursday, June 21, 2012

Get to know Salman bin Abdul Aziz, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia

Finally, it is clear who is the replacement for the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia who died, Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz. Saudi King Abdullah appointed one father's brother, Prince Salman, as crown prince and heir to the throne after the death of Crown Prince Prince Nayef, on Saturday.

The appointment was announced on Monday (6/18) local time, the day after the funeral of Prince Nayef in Mecca. "For the sake of the public interest, we have chosen Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz as the crown prince and appointed him deputy prime minister and remain as minister of defense," read the king's decree.

Who really is Prince Salman who became King Abdullah's third successor after his two brothers died within the past 18 months. Prince Salman's appointment was previously estimated. His younger brother, Prince Ahmed, will become the interior minister. Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud currently serves as defense minister and has been governor of Riyadh for decades.

Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz has a stake of around 10 percent in the Saudi market including shares in the al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper. He is also known to be quite conservative and rejects all forms of reform and change. A telegraph sent by the United States Embassy in Riyadh in 2007 and released by the Wikileaks site related to Prince Salman said that Salman opposed democracy and freedom. He believes these two things are not right for Saudi Arabia. Therefore, Prince Salman set strict limits for the conservative camp especially on cultural and social reforms. He is also a figure received by the White House and has a special relationship.

Robert Jordan, a former US ambassador to Saudi Arabia in 2001-2003 related this, said Prince Salman was one of the members of the al-Saud family who had the capacity to lead the country. He is also a figure who maintains a conservative tradition.
He added, although Prince Salman did not directly accept and carry out the instructions and dictation of Washington, he was a person who viewed the relations between the two countries highly.

Prince Salman after more than 50 years as governor of Riyadh last year after Prince Nayef was appointed crown prince, was appointed Saudi Arabia's oil minister. The department has been responsible for buying weapons for Saudi Arabia for years from various countries including the United States, Britain and France.
After assuming the post of oil and energy minister, Prince Salman immediately traveled around to meet a number of Western leaders including, British Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama.

Prince Salman must be recognized as one of the most influential personalities in the al-Saud family. The proof is when King Abdullah carried out pseudo reforms he immediately warned that this reform must be carried out very slowly to avoid the anger of the conservative stronghold of Saudi Arabia. Prince Salman is also known as a figure who defends strata differences.

Salman is the 25th son of King Abdul Aziz, founder of Saudi Arabia. He was one of seven brothers from one mother father known as "Seven Sudairi". Their mother, deceased Hassa bint Ahmad al-Sudairi, was the most influential wife of King Abdul Aziz. Among the other seven Sudairi members were the late King Fahd, the late Crown Prince Prince Sultan, and the late Crown Prince Prince Nayef.

It is clear here that Sudairi's group in the al-Saud family was still very influential. So that up to now four people from this group have held high leadership in Saudi Arabia. Starting from Prince Fahd who became king until Prince Sultan and Nayef who became the crown princes and now came the turn of Prince Salman.

IRIB / The Truth Seeker Media

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