Shortly after being appointed Interior Minister, Prince Mohammed bin Naif took the oath before King Abdullah. In the footage of the swearing-in aired by Saudi state television you will notice that only two people attended the short, simple ceremony: Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the intelligence chief, and Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, Commander of the National Guard.
That only these two attended the swearing-in is probably a symbolic thing, but with MbN at the helm of the Interior Ministry it is a fact that Saudi Arabia is now entrusting three of the Kingdom’s grandsons with most of its security.
Only the Defense Ministry remains controlled by one of Abdulaziz’s sons, and that could change in the upcoming cabinet shuffle expected in February. Such changes will no doubt offer interesting insights into the succession plans considered by the royal family for the future.