Saudi Arabia

Tough transition

Print edition : February 20, 2015

King Abdullah bin Abd al-Aziz at the Gulf Cooperation Council consultative summit in Riyadh in May 2010. Photo: AP

Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud, who has been crowned the new King, in Riyadh. Photo: AP/ Saudi Press Agency

Members of the Saudi royal family carry the body of King Abdullah during his funeral in Riyadh. In line with the Islamic tradition observed in the kingdom, King Abdullah was draped in an unadorned beige cloth and buried without a coffin in an unmarked grave. Photo: AP

The new succession order, announced with unusual speed after King Abdullah’s passing away, prepares the ground for a generational shift in the Gulf kingdom.
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