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If they stick with the current succession principles, we will probably see more and more kings and crown princes come and go. This one wasn't exactly my favourite, but still: condolences to the Saudi royal family.

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Wait? DO Saudi Arabia have a succession law that mix agnatic elective and agnatic seniority?
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Sort of. If it were just agnatic seniority then there would be no decision to make. As it is, the process seems to be that the most senior person is looked at and, if unsuitable due to lack of experience in governing, limited support within the family, unacceptability to the religious establishment or other reasons, they pass on to the next and so on until they identify someone who fits the bill, who then becomes Crown Prince. I don't think the process is quite as formal and structured as that, and it is unclear to what extent the choice is simply the reigning king's decision as opposed to communal by senior family members, but something like that goes on. This mixture of nomination and election, with seniority a but not the only factor, is common in Arab monarchies.
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It is now seen as very likely that Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz al Saud will become Saudi Arabia's new Crown Prince.

Prince Salman is currently the Minister of Defence of the Kingdom, and previously served as the Governor of Riyadh for a half century.  The capital was transformed from a dusty adobe backwater into the bustling metropolis that it is today under Prince Salman.  The Prince is considered a moderate, and is one of the "Surdairi Seven", the seven sons of King Abdul Aziz by his favorite wife, Hafa bint Ahmed al Sudairi. 

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/16/us-saudi-succession-salman-newsmaker-idUSBRE85F0EH20120616

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It is now confirmed.  Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz al Saud has become the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia and heir to the throne.  He will retain the Defense Ministry and will also become Deputy Prime Minister.  He becomes the third Crown Prince during the reign of his brother King Abdullah.

Another of the "Sudairi Seven" Prince Ahmed will replace the late Crown Prince Nayef as Interior Minister.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/18/world/meast/saudi-arabia-crown-prince/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

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Ethiopia stretches her hands unto God (Quote from Psalm 68 which served as the Imperial Motto of the Ethiopian Empire)

"God and history shall remember your judgment." (Quote from Emperor Haile Selassie I's speech to the League of Nations to plead for assistance against the Italian Invasion, 1936.)
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