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Former Crown Prince Muqrin pledges allegiance to successor

The former crown prince arrived to Qasr al-Hukm (Governance palace) in Riyadh on Wednesday evening

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New Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Nayef and the newly appointed Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman received pledges of allegiance from former Crown Prince Muqrin on Wednesday evening in Riyadh.

The former crown prince arrived to Qasr al-Hukm (Governance palace) to pledge allegiance to Prince Mohammad bin Nayef and Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Earlier on Wednesday, a royal decree aired on state television announced the appointment of Prince Mohammad bin Nayef as Crown Prince replacing the now former Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdul Aziz who had requested to step down.

Following the pledge of allegiance, King Salman visited Prince Muqrin at his palace in Riyadh on Wednesday evening, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman accompanied the king and were received by Prince Muqrin and other members of the royal family.

Another decree also aired on Wednesday instated King Salman’s son and the Kingdom’s Defense Minister, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as deputy crown princes.