5 thoughts on “MBS Crown Prince”

  1. I believe “Minister of State for Energy” means he has ministerial rank without the encumbrance of running a ministry. He gets to do the interesting bits he wants to with his small team, and can fob off the annoying parts to the minister and his large bureaucracy (in this case, Khalid al-Falih, who is formally minister for energy, industry, and mineral resources, and also deeply engaged in Vision 2030).

  2. …or it might also be read to mean that when there is no longer a King who is a son of King Abdul Aziz (i.e. presumably now after King Salman’s death or indeed abdication were that to happen) there cannot be a King and a Crown Prince from the same branch of the family – in which case the new arrangement is not a breach of it.

  3. I have a feeling that there is one mistake in the document: Abdulaziz bin Salman has not been made Minister of Energy, unless this is a very new appointment. He was made Minister of State for Energy, which I take as being just a slightly grander title!

  4. Surely the introductory clause states that this is to apply “”After the sons of the founder King”, i.e. Salman bin Abd al-Aziz.
    Much may depend on how “one branch of the offspring of the founder King” is defined: if it is the matrilineal lines, then both MbN and MbS are sons of “al-Sudairis”.

  5. “The Arabic text of the Royal decree is at link. http://www.spa.gov.sa/viewstory.php?lang=ar&newsid=1641877 The missing words (Arab Digest translation) are: “After the sons of the founder King, there shall not be a King and a Crown Prince from one branch of the descendants of the founder King.”
    On the face of it this rules out yesterday’s appointment of the King’s son as Crown Prince. If the text of the decree is not to become a dead letter (it would not be the first time that has happened), it appears that the King must abdicate, and the new King must appoint a Crown Prince from a different branch of the family.

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