Nayef bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Arabia's interior minister, has been named the new crown prince of that Middle Eastern nation.
The news, citing a royal decree signed by King Abdullah, was announced early Friday on state-run Saudi Television.
Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, the king's half-brother, died Saturday in New York. His funeral was held three days later in Riyadh.
His death raised succession questions in the key oil-producing country at a time of turmoil in the Arab world.
As was the case with his predecessor, the move makes Nayef bin Abdulaziz the heir to the Saudi throne.FULL STORY