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. But eventually the brothers all will die, raising the question of how to transition to the next generation of princes without discord. King Abdullah’s appointment of his youngest brother, Muqrin, as deputy heir seemed designed to forestall that moment but instead has offered a taste of the disputes likely to arise in the future. Here are some key brothers. Read related article.
SOURCE: Washington Institute for Near East Policy, staff reporting. GRAPHIC: Cristina Rivero - The Washington Post. Published May 25, 2014.