Saudi Arabia names Prince Nayef as heir to throne


Saudi Arabia names Prince Nayef as heir to throne
by Darius Kadivar

Saudi Arabia's interior minister has been named the new heir to the throne by a royal decree. Prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz succeeds prince Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz who died last week. 
Al Jazeera's Tarek Bazely reports.

Saudi king names interior minister as crown prince

Saudi Arabia's interior minister has been named the new heir to the throne by a royal decree. Prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz succeeds prince Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz who died last week.Al Jazeera's Tarek Bazely reports.








Saudi Princess Ameerah Altaweel, with CNN’s Piers Morgan :


Saudi Princess Ameerah Altaweel, the wife of billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal and vice chairman of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundations for Charity and Philanthropy

Clinton Global Initiative Event (CGI) in New York

Saudi Princess Ameerah Altaweel, Talks about her efforts to empower women and provide economic opportunity for them in Saudi Arabia. HH Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel, Vice Chairwoman of Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundationthat is chaired by HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulziz Alsaud, keynoteat Clinton Global Initiative Event (CGI) in New York.

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Saudi Princess Ameerah Altaweel, the wife of billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal and vice chairman of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundations for Charity and Philanthropy

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Margaret Brennan." (Source: Bloomberg)







Saudi Arabia names Prince Nayef as heir to throne (bbc)

Saudi Arabia has named Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz al Saud as the heir to the throne of King Abdullah.

The move follows the death last week of the previous crown prince, Sultan bin Abdul Aziz.

The new crown prince, aged 78, has been the oil-rich kingdom's interior minister since 1975and will now also become deputy prime minister.

King Abdullah, 87, is recovering from his third operation to treat back problems in less than a year.

Prince Nayef is a brother of the late Crown Prince Sultan, and like his brother, is regarded as less reform-minded than King Abdullah. He has been interior minister since 1975.

A royal court statement read out on state television said the crown prince had been appointed after the king met the Allegiance Council, a family body set up in 2006 to make the process of succession in the conservative Islamic kingdom smoother and more orderly.

The succession in Saudi Arabia still passes among the sons of King Abdulaziz, who established the modern Saudi kingdom during his reign from 1902 to 1953.

Next in line is expected to be Crown Prince Nayef's younger brother, Prince Salman, who is the governor of Riyadh.

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Dear DK

by MM on

Thank you for providing us with all the links and videos.  When I have a week or two off, I will put off going to vacation to watch them. 

Meanwhile, when I see you, a hardcore supporter of the Pahlavis post lots of supportive videos from these Saudi old farts, inform us about the oppointment of another 80 year old "prince" as the heir to the throne (or, is it the sand castle?), pretend that the Saudi women are going places and then mix them up with your videos.......where is the demarkation line?


Darius Kadivar

MM Where did you see me equate RP 2 Or Pahlavis to the Saudis ?

by Darius Kadivar on

If you are referring to this pictory:

Diplomatic History:Shah and King Faisal discuss Future of Persian Gulf (1971) 


Then like Mammad you clearly don't even bother to read or watch the content of my blogs before commenting do you ?

In the above pictory The Shah actually slams Mike Wallace  for using the term "Gulf" and "Arabian Gulf" instead of calling it "Persian Gulf".

The purpose was to precisely show the Opposition between the two monarchies not their similarities.

Hence why I find this blog pertinent as to knowing who Iran has to deal with in the region Today, particularly given the recent controversy in regard to the Saudi Prince Assassination plot and the fact that this current Prince may well become the next King of Saudi Arabia.  


We don't live in Mars You know ? We have Arab neighbors and the people who rule those countries and their policies inevitably have an effect on the region and on our own Nation's policies and geo strategic priorities. 

As a matter of fact Your NIAC President wouldn't even be benefitting from his latest Publicity Stint so as to launch his Fundraising:


Evin Hikers at NIAC fund raiser



Were it not for the genuine efforts of another so called Arab "Despot" Monarch who got them out in the first place ... 


Karim Sadjadpour on Sultan Qaboos’ 'honest broker' role in ending US hikers Ordeal 


So Some Modesty on behalf of Trita would be welcome ! 


My Royal Forum blogs cover Royalty in the News regardless of whether the news in question contributes positively or negatively to the general perception people can have on the monarchy as a system of government and or a political institution.

Unlike Dogmatic Jomhurykhahs  I have no taboos to look at the past  or debate about the past whether it's in relation to the Pahlavis or the Monarchy in general.

If I am guilty of anything it's that I am opinionated. But then I'd rather be defend what I believe in than be a Fashion Victim or Member of an ever changing Hezbeh Baad.

What stops others to prove me wrong ? Or blog on subjects of interest to you ? 

If anyone has a dogmatic approach here it's mostly Johhurykhahs who cannot handle their own insecurities nor come to terms with the reality of the world we live in.

A world which is far more heterogenous than meets the eye and where nations and people have different values, outlooks and live under very different systems of government and are confronted to a large spectrum of challenges.

You may not like that fact but you cannot dismiss it merely because it does not fit YOUR Tastes or political preference! 

The World is not reduced to Los Angeles or Washington You know ...

Nor Cocktail Parties on Capitol Hill for NIAC Salon intellectuals ...  

Your NIAC President Should know better given that he is a Subject of this Fellow ... 

ROYAL FORUM: Unauthorized Bio Tarnishes King of Sweden's Reputation With Wild Sex Allegations  

Yet claims to speak in Your Name ...

SATIRE: The Burqa Republic of Our IRANICAN Dreams ;0) 

But then if his "Green" Card is as Phony as his political loyalties ... 

How YOUR "Green" Color Was Chosen & By WHOME !

No wonder he comes across as an unreliable Triple Cross ... 


So before trying to lecture these Arab's "Keh Tajeh Kiani Kardan Arezoo" ...

I recommend you folks to first Fix the Shit Your Republic has created and then and Only then will it entitle you folks to legitimately lecture those you deem as culturally and politically inferior to yourselves.

But in the meantime look in the mirror and see what Your Poor Choice : 

 khomeiny hichi

has imposed on Iranian Men and Wormen for the past 3 decades ... 

pictory:(FOR REFERENDUM BASHERS) Women Punched in Face by Revolutionaries 


HISTORY OF VIOLENCE: Man Chased by Anti Shah Protestors During Shah's US Visit (1977)






PS: MM Jan By "YOU", I do not necessarily mean "YOU" the individual but given that this is a public forum and I am referring to an anonymous crowd my response addresses what I deem as being "YOUR" political constituency ( i.e: Jomhurykhahs) to which you are entitled ( I just happen not to share it). So however provocative there is nothing personal in my comment. 



suite yourself, DK

by MM on

You can play around with "your" TP all you want, but when you equate cesspools like the Saudi kingdom with the Pahlavis, you certainly do not help the cause of RPII who "tries" to talk about the secularization of Iran! 


Doesn't look good for women's lib in Da Kingdom

by Cost-of-Progress on

does it?

Hey, give'm time, it's only been 14 centuries, you know.




Darius Kadivar

MM Jan I would consider it if it weren't for Namak Nashnas TP

by Darius Kadivar on

Darius Kadivar

Faramarz Jan well at least they have something in common with

by Darius Kadivar on

Our Republic ...

FED UP WITH POLITICAL CORRECTNESS: Ahmadinejad is NOT my Prime Minister !

SATIRE: Green Ambush for Mohsen Rezaee ;0)

Oh But I forgot this isn't  supposed to be "Our" Republic given that "Our" Revolution was "Highjacked" ...

N'est ce Pas ? ...

Footage of the 1979 referendum of the Islamic Republic of Iran

I just fail to quite see from Who ? ...

pictory: Bakhtiar Denounces Bazargan's Provisionary Government in exile (1979) 

Mehdi Bazargan and the controversial legacy of Iran's Islamic intellectual movement


Recommended blog Only for anyone who bothered reading the one above before jumping to quick conclusions about my own personal views on the Saudi Monarchy ( or rather Oligarchy )  :


Constitutionalist Student on '79 Revolutionaries Infatuation with Arabs


Related Blog as a "Counter Example":

ROYAL FORUM: Explaining the Concept of a Constitutional Monarchy to a Staunch Republican



by MM on

Please stick with the Pahlavis and their future role in a secular Iran.  Saudi Arabian Kingdom, and especially their treatment of women, is in a different century (maybe even era) compared to the Pahlavis.


DK Jaan

by Faramarz on

In fairy tales, a Crown Prince used to be a young and handsome guy wearing a uniform and riding a white horse not this fat, old and ugly dude!

But thanks for posting the pictures of the Princess. She is the only decent thing that has come out of that god forsaken desert!

One old, ugly guy replacing another one reminds me of the Brezhnev succession during the 80's; One dropping dead after another.

Darius Kadivar

anglophile Jan this is really getting fun ;0))

by Darius Kadivar on

A Standup Philosopher


Hee Hee ...


Haaj Agha Sahimi! Your list conveniently missed the most

by anglophile on

important item:


Saudi regime spent millions of dollars to aid the fall of the Shah.


If for nothing else you should be eternally grateful to the Ale-Saud Haaji :))


A dinosaur regime promoted by DK

by Mammad on

The SA regime is absolutely one of the worst in the entire world. By posting pictures and clips of beautiful women DK is trying to give this terrible regime a good face. Just look at the system.

King Abdollah is close to 90 years old. His Crown Prince was 80 something, and the new CP is also close to 80. What does this mean? A regime that

opposed Revolution in Egypt and Tunisia and was angry at US for it;

participated in the crimes of NATO in Libya;

invaded Bahrain to suppress the majority;

funded the Mujahedin in Afghanistan in the 1980s that later became Al-Qaeda;

funds the madrasas in Pakistan and elsewhere that are breading ground for extremism;

supports the Jundallah terrorists that kill Iranians;

wants to bring an extremist Salafi-type regime in Syria;

produced a majority of al-Qaeda terrorists in Iraq;

has become a home for discredited dictators, from Idi Amin and Bin Ali to Ali Abdollah Saleh, 

produced 15 out of 19 terrorists of 9/1, 

and many many other criminal acts,

has not been able to produce a second or third generation princes to take over. And, so, one dinasaur after another takes over this terrible regime. That is how bankrupt and terrible this regime is.

And yet, DK, whose expertise has become reporting on dysfunctional and extinct monarchies around the world, promote these people! Why? It is a monarchy!




by Shepesh on



The credit goes to you Darius jan

by anglophile on

Our "Spock" must have been made angry by your blog to respond in those unkind terms.  Well, what can I say, these Vulcans are not good in hiding their feelings - they are aspiring to be humans :)) 

Darius Kadivar

anglophile Jan careful Spock seems to have lost his calm ;0))

by Darius Kadivar on

He can be dangerous you know ? ... 

Kirk Vs Spock


But Don't push him too hard though ... 


I would hate to see him cry ... 


Spock Crying





by anglophile on

And I thought you are believer in freedom of expression - afer all you are a subject of a monarch yourself - wink wink :)



by hirre on

Stop with this nepotism dictatorship promotion crap!