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Potentially very big news from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Mods, I understand that this is off topic but it has possible long term implications especialy on the price of oil.

The Crown Prince has resigned and the Deputy Crown Prince has taken his place.

http://www.arabnews.com/featured/news/739466

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has named Mohammed bin Salman as new Crown Prince, in a Royal Decree on Wednesday. Prince Mohammed bin Naif is the minister of interior and was the deputy Crown Prince. The current Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman has been name the new Deputy Crown Prince. Long serving Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal has also been replaced.

So to put some context on this, the departing Crown Prince was the last of the sons of the original King Abdul Aziz.

All through the Kingdoms history the line of succession has always been to a son of the original King.

This means now that the next king will be a grandson of the original...which is a big change.

The new Crown Prince is Mohammed Bin Naif and he is the full nephew of the current King, the previous one was not.

The new Deputy Crown Prince is Mohammad bin Salman...the current Kings son and was previously the Minister for Defence. He is only 30 years old.

Also see from the link that Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal has also been replaced. He is a son of King Faisal who negotiated the Petro Dollar with Kissinger.

The current King, King Fahd, Crown Prince Sultan and Crown Prince Naif were all full brothers (Sidairi seven).

So King Salman (or those around him) is securing the line of succession to his more immediate family, to the exclusion of the the rest of the house of Saud.

King Salman is old and suffering from dementia and suffers partial paralysis due to a stroke.

When he dies or becomes incapacitated, the Kingdom enters a new era.

Timing is everything!

Cue the GoT theme.

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Dum dum, ti ti dum dum.

No idea what the rest if the post was trying to say, something about a king in Westeros dieing. :P

Executive summary:- When the current king dies, the line of succession in Saudi Arabia will not as staight formard as it used to be.

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It's a big change but the Saud family may have fully discussed and agreed it - they are quite democratic internally, and of course they have enough cash to make any unhappy siblings very happy in other ways. I think Arab ruling families tend to regard themselves as oligarchies and don't follow European-style inheritance.

Of course if the House of Saud ever did factionalize and start shooting each other where army units had to decide which prince they were loyal to then that would have a massive effect on the world.

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Found this on YouTube today.

Its worth a watch to get a feel for what is happening in the Kingdom wrt power politics...might have some relevance in the near to mid term future. Basically all that was in my opening post.

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