DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (AP) – Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was appointed prime minister on Tuesday by royal decree.
The Crown Prince, who is heir to the throne held by King Salman, already wields wide powers and is seen as the kingdom’s day-to-day leader.
The royal decree appointing him as prime minister was carried by the Saudi Press Agency.
It said King Salman will continue to chair the Cabinet meetings that he attends.
The 37-year-old Crown Prince, widely known by the acronym MBS, has taken the lead on Vision 2030, the kingdom’s wide-ranging plan to transform its economy and end its dependency on oil.