File - Saudi Arabia's then intelligence chief Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz gestures during a news conference in Riyadh, in this November 24, 2007. (REUTERS/Ali Jarekji)
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Saudi Arabia's Prince Muqrin bin Abdul-Aziz, a former intelligence chief in the kingdom, has been appointed deputy crown prince, making it likely he will one day become king.The appointment makes Muqrin, 69, the youngest son of the kingdom's founder King Abdul-Aziz al-Saud, next in line to succeed King Abdullah in the world's top oil exporter after his half-brother Crown Prince Salman. Crown Prince Salman and that family body, the Allegiance Council, have accepted Muqrin as the deputy crown prince, SPA reported, indicating he will automatically become Salman's heir when King Abdullah dies.As Muqrin is younger than some of his nephews who might otherwise qualify to become crown prince or king, his appointment would appear to rule them out of the running.
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