Saudi Arabia's Next King Is Going To Be A Millennial, So That's Going To Be Weird

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A shuffle within the Saudi royal succession has positioned Mohammed bin Salman — who is simply 31 — as subsequent in line to the throne.

That is Mohammed bin Salman. As of Wednesday, he is the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. He is additionally simply 31.

This is Mohammed bin Salman. As of Wednesday, he's the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. He's also just 31.

That's proper. The man who's subsequent in line to grow to be the top of Saudi Arabia is in the identical age demographic as Miley Cyrus and Mark Zuckerburg. He's taking the place of Prince Mohammad bin Nayef, his uncle, who acquired bumped from the spot and his position because the nation's Inside Minister.

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That is all tremendous bizarre, not least as a result of if there's one factor the Home of Saud is understood for, it is its rulers being Previous As Hell™."

This is all super weird, not least because if there's one thing the House of Saud is known for, it's its rulers being Old As Hell™."

After the dying of King Abdulaziz Al Saud, the nation's founder and namesake, in 1953, the crown has handed palms amongst his sons. In consequence, because the years have gone on, the kings of the nation have gotten older and older and their reigns shorter and shorter. A want to bump up the youthful era is seen as one of the key factors in King Salman's determination to boost his son to the Crown Princeship and demote Prince Mohammed bin Nayef.

The selection is particularly large in a rustic that has praised ~stability~ over all the things. And whereas inner shake-ups are widespread in nations the place a time period can final a decade at most, one thing like this shifts how the nation goes to be dominated for years upon years.

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King Salman is 81, which signifies that MBS, as the brand new Crown Prince is colloquially recognized, might be going to be king sooner fairly than later.

King Salman is 81, which means that MBS, as the new Crown Prince is colloquially known, is probably going to be king sooner rather than later.

And actually, is there something extra of a Priveliged Millennial transfer than having a tremendous job handed to you by your dad?

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However he is not the one Millennial who's shifting up within the ranks in Riyadh.

But he's not the only Millennial who's moving up in the ranks in Riyadh.

As if getting his title snatched by his nephew wasn't sufficient, Mohammed bin Nayef additionally misplaced his job as Inside Minister. As an alternative, the job went to...his oldest son, Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Nayef. Rattling. That's simply chilly.

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