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Saudi Crown Prince

October 22, 2011 by staff 

Saudi Crown PrinceSaudi Crown Prince, The heir to the throne Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdel Aziz Al Saud, died abroad Saturday after an illness, state television said. The prince’s death 85 years of age, opens questions about succession in the critical oil-rich U.S. ally.

Tweet Be the first to Tweet this! ShareThis Sultan was the half brother of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, which is two years older than him and has also weakened and underwent back surgery last week.

The most likely candidate to replace Sultan Abdullah as his successor is Prince Nayef, the powerful interior minister in charge of internal security forces. After Sultan fell ill, the king gave Nayef – also his half-brother – a wink implied in 2009 was appointed second deputy prime minister, traditionally the position of second in line to the throne.

The announcement did not say where the Sultan was dead queen or details of his illness, but the media in Riyadh Saudi officials, said he died at a hospital in New York. According to a leaked cable U.S. Diplomatic since January 2010, the Sultan had been receiving treatment for colon cancer since 2009.

Sultan, who was deputy minister of the kingdom and the Minister of Defence and Aviation, has had a number of health problems. He underwent surgery in New York in February 2009 for an undisclosed illness and spent nearly a year abroad in the U.S. recovery and a palace in Agadir, Morocco.

“It is with deep sadness and pain that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Azizi Al-Saud mourning the loss of his brother and Crown Prince HRH Prince Sultan Abdel Aziz Al Saud” the palace said. The statement, which was the official Saudi news agency, Sultan added that funeral will be held in Riyadh on Tuesday afternoon at the mosque Imam Turki bin Abdullah.

For the first time, however, the mechanism of selection of the next crown prince, is not entirely clear.

It is possible that the king, first put the decision of his heir to the Council of loyalty, a body Abdullah created a decade ago as one of its reforms, consisting of his brothers and nephews with the mandate to determine the succession.

That would open the possibility of choosing a certain amount of discussion with higher levels of the royal family. Nayef, however, remains the favorite.

Traditionally, the king appoints his successor. However, Abdullah formed the Council to streamline the process and give a larger voice to the election. When it was created, it was decided that the Council decides when the Sultan ascended the throne and his crown prince had to be called, however, did not specify whether it would be used if the Sultan died before the king. The choice of today evoke the council will probably be made by Abdullah.

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