Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Saudi King to Name Salman as Defense Minister: Source

RIYADH - King Abdullah is expected to name his half-brother Prince Salman, who is governor of Riyadh, as the new defense minister to succeed the late Crown Prince Sultan, a Saudi official said Oct. 31.
Saudi Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, seen delivering a speech in India last year, will reportedly be Saudi Arabia's next defense minister. (Raveendran / AFP via Getty Images)
"The monarch will name Prince Salman as a defense minister later on Monday," the source told AFP, requesting anonymity and without giving further details.
King Abdullah last week named Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz as crown prince succeeding his brother Sultan, who died in a U.S. hospital on October 22.
Salman and Nayef are full brothers.

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