|Prince Nayef - Image Credit:EPA|
DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabian King Abdullah appointed Interior Minister Prince Nayef as his new heir in the world's top oil exporter, said a royal court statement read out on state television early on Friday.
The statement said the crown prince had been appointed after the king met the Allegiance Council, a family body set up in 2006 to make the process of succession in the conservative Islamic kingdom smoother and more orderly.
(Reporting By Angus McDowall; Editing By Sami Aboudi)
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