Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is planning to relinquish power in favor of his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, within the next two days, the UK-based Rai al-Youm newspaper reported on November 8.
The report didn’t reveal the source of the information, or provided any further details.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is the son of King Salman, the two launched an “anti-corruption” campaign back on November 4. The campaign targeted dozens of Saudi officials in the government and the army, and several members of the Saudi royal family.
Many analysts said that the real aim of the “anti-corruption” campaign is to strengthen the grip of Prince Mohammed bin Salman so he would face no opposition from the Saudi royal family when he became the king.
It was previously reported that many members of the Saudi royal family objected the appointment of Prince Mohammed bin Salman as the Saudi Crown Prince because he is only 32 years old, which is very unusual in the history in Saudi Arabia.
Kin Salman arrived to Mecca city on November 8. This could be an evidence that the Saudi King is really planning to relinquish power in favor of his son, because holy city of Mecca is where the Saudi royal family appoint the King, and the Crown Prince.