The funeral of the Crown Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Saud took place in Mecca. Mourning ceremony in the main mosque in Mecca led the senior brother of the deceased – 88-year-old King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz.
Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Saud was to take the throne after the death of his elder brother, but died on June 16, 2012 in Geneva , where he was treated, the age of 78, reports ” Interfax “. In recent years, Prince has been the Minister of Internal Affairs.
before the 89-year-old king of Saudi Arabia is the second time in the past six months came to the fore the question of the heir to the throne. After his death in October last year, Crown Prince Sultan, many predicted at the place of Prince Salman, however, King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, then chose the eight other potential bidders Naif. The son of a son of King Abdul Aziz, the founder of the Wahhabi state, Prince Naif, who for 37 years headed the Interior Ministry, went down in history as one of the kingdom of the most conservative members of the ruling dynasty, rejecting any dissent and deviation from the strict religious rules.
Tough and uncompromising in politics , in person, he filled many as a flexible and a good man. It was he who, when he was crown prince for the first time in history allowed the women’s team to participate in the upcoming Olympic Games in London.
After the funeral Naif bin Abdulaziz Saud is expected that the Crown Prince will be declared the king’s brother – Prince Salman. In November 2011 he was appointed defense minister of Saudi Arabia.