Funeral held for Saudi king as new ruler moves younger generation closer to throne

January 23, 2015 12:01 PM

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RIYADH—Saudi Arabia’s new king joined prayers Friday before the simple burial of the country’s late ruler Abdullah even as attention shifted quickly shifted to pressing issues such as the reach of Islamist militants and the political breakdown in neighboring Yemen.

Before the funeral, King Salman clarified the chain of succession — and emphasized his priorities — by naming the country’s interior minister the deputy crown prince, the second in line for the throne.

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