Since the death in 1953 of the founder of the Saudi state, King Abdul Aziz ibn Saud, the line of succession to the throne has passed through his sons, from brother to brother. Prince Salman became king on Jan. 22, and next in line is Crown Prince Muqrin. Read related article.
SOURCE: Washington Institute for Near East Policy, staff reporting. GRAPHIC: Cristina Rivero - The Washington Post. Published Jan. 26, 2015.