Little noticed, new Saudi king shapes contours of power

February 12, 2015 6:36 AM

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Little noticed, new Saudi king shapes contours of power

RIYADH (Reuters) - By rapidly appointing two heirs, Saudi Arabia's King Salman has pressed pause on "succession Sudoku", as one leading local journalist calls speculation over whose star is rising and whose waning in the large and secretive Al Saud ruling family.

The choice of 69-year-old Muqrin for crown prince and 55-year-old Mohammed bin Nayef for deputy crown prince resolved the most important dilemma in the dynasty's recent history - how to jump from sons of its founder, King Abdulaziz, to his grandsons.

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