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Saudi Prince Muqrin Is Named Second Deputy Prime Minister

Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, a special adviser to King Abdullah and Saudi Arabia’s former intelligence chief, was appointed second deputy prime minister, potentially placing him second in line to the throne.

Muqrin, the king’s younger half-brother born in 1945, was educated in Britain and the U.S. His appointment by royal decree comes amid speculation over succession in the world’s largest oil exporter where the king, who will turn 90 next year, has had recent operations, including back surgery in November.