Now what? Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince dies (Video)
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Now what? Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince dies (Video)

Riyadh : Saudi Arabia | Oct 21, 2011 at 11:42 PM PDT
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The minister of defense and second in line to the throne in Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, has died, according to officials. He was 86.

Crown Prince Sultan lost his battle with cancer, and he needed much medical attention in his final days, according to a statement released by the Saudi royal court.

"King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz mourns the death of his brother and his Crown Prince Sultan who died at dawn this morning Saturday outside the kingdom following an illness," the royal court said in a statement released a few hours later in Riyadh.

He was thought to be a future king after King Abdullah, but his health declined over the years.

Now what? Crown Prince Sultan's death causes questions about the succession in the oil-rich country, which is a U.S. ally.

Sultan was the half-brother of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, who has also been ailing and underwent back surgery last week.

His 77-year-old brother, Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, will most likely be successor as crown prince and will be in line for the throne after King Abdullah.

In the same way that King Abdullah is an aged old fashioned man, so too is Nayef, who also supports ultraconservative traditions, including not allowing women to drive cars.

This brings the public to another question: Are these royals just too old and set in their old ways to lead the Kingdom?

Usually the king chooses his successor, but King Abdullah formed a group called the Allegiance Council, which could get its say in picking the next king.

Tuesday, Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud's body will be buried.

Tweet: fat_marksman RT @JamalDajani: Wonder if#Saudi Arabia will pick a crown prince under the age of 70

Source: CNN

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