Saudi Arabian King – Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud the King of Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and head of the House of Saud is all set to step down and declare his son Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman as his successor next week, according to sources.
Saudi Arabian King, the 81-year-old Monarch, however, will continue as a ceremonial head, handing over official leadership of the country to his son, the Daily Mail quoted royal sources.
This step is seen as the final step in the 32-year-old bin Salman’s power grab, which began earlier this month with the arrests of more than forty princes and ministers in an anti-corruption drive. “Unless something climactic happens, King Salman will announce the appointment of his son as the New King of Saudi Arabia most probably next week,” according to sources. “King
American officials have expressed “growing concern” at the moves made recently by Saudi Arabia’s crown prince saying they could “damage US interests”, according to the New York Times reported. US diplomats along with officials from the Pentagon and the CIA say Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman “is acting dangerously without adequate forethought to the likely outcomes of his behavior”.