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Saudi king names Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef as crown prince in reshuffle

  • FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2013 file photo, Saudi Interior Minister Prince Mohamed bin Nayef participates in a Gulf Cooperation Council interior ministers gathering to discuss security issues in Manama, Bahrain. Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, removed his half-brother from the post of crown prince and named his nephew, the country's Interior Minister, in his place. The post of crown prince secures Prince Mohammed bin Nayef as the most likely successor to King Salman. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File )

    FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2013 file photo, Saudi Interior Minister Prince Mohamed bin Nayef participates in a Gulf Cooperation Council interior ministers gathering to discuss security issues in Manama, Bahrain. Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, removed his half-brother from the post of crown prince and named his nephew, the country's Interior Minister, in his place. The post of crown prince secures Prince Mohammed bin Nayef as the most likely successor to King Salman. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File )  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE- In this May 14, 2012 file photo, Saudi Arabia's Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef waits for Gulf Arab leaders ahead of the opening of Gulf Cooperation Council, also known as GCC summit, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 removed his half-brother from the post of crown prince and named his nephew, the country's Interior Minister, in his place. The post of crown prince secures Prince Mohammed bin Nayef as the most likely successor to King Salman. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

    FILE- In this May 14, 2012 file photo, Saudi Arabia's Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef waits for Gulf Arab leaders ahead of the opening of Gulf Cooperation Council, also known as GCC summit, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 removed his half-brother from the post of crown prince and named his nephew, the country's Interior Minister, in his place. The post of crown prince secures Prince Mohammed bin Nayef as the most likely successor to King Salman. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 14, 2012 file photo, then Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, left, speaks with his son Prince Mohammed as they wait for Gulf Arab leaders ahead of the opening of Gulf Cooperation Council, also known as GCC summit, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 removed his half-brother from the post of crown prince and named his nephew, the country's Interior Minister, in his place. The post of crown prince secures Prince Mohammed bin Nayef as the most likely successor to King Salman. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

    FILE - In this May 14, 2012 file photo, then Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, left, speaks with his son Prince Mohammed as they wait for Gulf Arab leaders ahead of the opening of Gulf Cooperation Council, also known as GCC summit, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 removed his half-brother from the post of crown prince and named his nephew, the country's Interior Minister, in his place. The post of crown prince secures Prince Mohammed bin Nayef as the most likely successor to King Salman. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)  (The Associated Press)

Saudi Arabia's King Salman has removed his half-brother from the post of crown prince and named his nephew, the country's Interior Minister, instead.

The post of crown prince secures Prince Mohammed bin Nayef as the most likely successor to King Salman.

He is widely known internationally and to the U.S. as Saudi Arabia's counterterrorism czar and was previously deputy crown prince. He takes over the post of crown prince from Prince Muqrin.

The king on Wednesday also named his son and Defense Minister, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as deputy crown prince. The prince, who is now most likely second in line to the throne, is believed to be around 30 years old.