Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, already widely considered Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, was named prime minister by his father the king by royal decree on Tuesday.
The prince, often referred to as “MBS,” was previously defense minister within Saudi Arabia’s government.
King Salman bin Abdulaziz also promoted his second son, Prince Khalid, from deputy defense minister to defense minister.
Khalid bin Salman was operating as his elder brother’s deputy in the Defense Ministry until now
Another son, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, retained his position as energy minister.
And royal family member Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, formerly the ambassador to his birthplace Germany, remained as the absolute monarchy’s foreign minister.
In other senior positions, Finance Minister…