June 21, 2017 / 4:28 AM / in 4 months

Saudi king calls on public to pledge allegiance to new crown prince

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has called for a public pledging of allegiance in Mecca on Wednesday to Prince Mohammed bin Salman who has been promoted to crown prince, Saudi-owned channel al-Arabiya said on Wednesday.

Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman (2nd L) takes his seat to meet with U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis and his delegation in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia April 19, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Files

A royal decree published on state news agency SPA earlier said Prince Mohammed bin Salman was replacing Prince Mohammed bin Nayef in the role. Saudi Arabia’s Allegiance Council had voted 31 to 34 in favour of the changes, al Arabiya said.

Reporting by Stephen Kalin and Mohamed el Sherif, Editing by Sylvia Westall

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