Custodian of the two holy mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz issued a decree on Thursday appointing Prince Muqrin as Deputy Crown Prince and confirming him as the successor to the current Crown Prince Salman should he become King.
Royal family members, ministers, religious figures and scholars and crowds of ordinary citizens congratulated Prince Muqrin and voiced their oath of allegiance to him as the second-in-line to the throne, Al Arabiya reported.
Prince Muqrin who is the youngest son of Saudi Arabia’s founder, King Abdulaziz al-Saud will become king in case the positions of king and crown prince become vacant.
Prince Muqrin was born in 1945 and has occupied several senior positions in the kingdom. Recently he served as a special advisor to King Abdullah. The Prince will continue in his current job as the second deputy prime minister.
Prince Muqrin went to elementary school in Riyadh and joined the Saudi Royal Air Force in 1964. He graduated from the UK with a degree in aeronautics in 1968 and worked in the air force until 1980. From 1980 to 1999 he served as governor of Hail province and was later appointed as the governor of Madinah. From 2005 to 2012 he served as the head of the general intelligence.