American news site World Tribune has a story about the meeting between Saudi Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Naif and US President Barack Obama in the White House earlier this week, citing unnamed Western diplomatic sources:
The diplomats said Mohammed was selected by King Abdullah as part of the
latter’s effort to introduce new blood in the aging Cabinet. They said
Mohammed’s appointment was opposed by other Cabinet members.
Michael Stephens wrote in November about a power struggle at the Interior Ministry between MbN and his uncle Ahmed that ended with the former replacing the latter at the helm of the ministry. It is important to note though that World Tribune, run by Robert Morton, a former editor at the Washington Times, is not exactly a reputable news outlet. The New Yorker magazine describes it “as something between a newspaper and a rumor-mongering blog.” That story should be taken with a sizable grain of salt.