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New Saudi king moves quickly to avoid future power struggle
New Saudi king moves quickly to avoid future power struggle

Saudi Arabia's newly ascended King Salman buried his predecessor, King Abdullah, on Friday, then moved quickly at a time of regional turmoil to allay fear of a looming power struggle among hundreds of princes in the next generation of the House of Saud. Salman, 79 and reported to have Alzheimer's disease, is the next-to-last of Saudi founder Abdulaziz al Saud's 45 sons likely to rule the kingdom. He signaled his commitment to the conservative policies of Abdullah when he endorsed his late half brother's designation of Abdulaziz al Saud's last son, 69-year-old Prince Muqrin, as next in line for the Saudi throne. ------------ FOR THE RECORD: Saudi King Salman: In the...

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