June 21, 2017 / 9:23 AM / 3 months ago

Saudi Arabia's senior clerics welcome choice of new crown prince - SPA

Newly appointed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) kisses the hand of Prince Mohammed bin Nayef in Mecca, Saudi June 21, 2017. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s highest religious body, the Council of Senior Scholars, welcomed the choice of Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince, the Saudi Press Agency said on Wednesday.

King Salman appointed Prince Mohammed bin Salman to be next in line for the throne, replacing his older cousin Prince Mohammed bin Nayef in a surprise move at the top of the world’s biggest oil producer.

Reporting by Stephen Kalin; Editing by Alison Williams

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