We chose His Royal Highness Prince Naif Bin Abdulaziz as crown prince.
King Abdullah, Custodian of the
Two Holy MosquesPrince Abdullah Bin Faisal Bin Turki Al-Awwal Bin Abdul Aziz and Prince Bandar Bin Mussad Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud take oath members of the Allegiance CommissionRIYADH – King Abdullah, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, named Prince Naif Bin Abdul Aziz as Crown Prince and ordered his appointment as Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior in a Royal Order issued early Friday morning.
“We chose His Royal Highness Prince Naif Bin Abdul Aziz as Crown Prince,” said a Royal Court statement, carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
The King met the chairman and members of the Allegiance Commission at his palace in Riyadh. The Secretary General of the Allegiance Commission, Khalid Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Tuwaijiri, presented Prince Abdullah Bin Faisal Bin Turki Al-Awwal Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud and Prince Bandar Bin Musa’ed Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud as members of the Allegiance Commission to take the oath before the King.
The King issued directives to the princes to give their pledges of allegiance to Prince Naif Bin Abdul Aziz as Crown Prince.
Prince Naif Bin Abdul Aziz received the pledges of allegiance from the princes. They prayed to Allah to grant him success and make him the best helper to the King.
Prince Naif has earned praise for leading crackdowns on militants.
Prince Naif was born in Taif. He received his education at “The Princes School” and at the hands of senior ulema (religious scholars). In addition, he has read widely in politics, diplomacy, and security.
In 1953, he became Governor of Riyadh. From 1954 to 1970, he served as Deputy Minister of the Interior. In 1970, King Faisal promoted him to Minister of State for Internal Affairs.
In March 1975, Prince Naif became Minister of Interior.
In November 2001, he issued all Saudi women identity cards. Women were previously registered under their husband’s or father’s name.
In March 2009, Prince Naif became Second Deputy Prime Minister. – SG