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Salman bin Abdulaziz

King of Saudi Arabia
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques

Then-Crown Prince Salman in 2013

King of Saudi Arabia

Reign
23 January 2015 – present

Bay’ah
23 January 2015

Predecessor
Abdullah

Heir(s) apparent
Muqrin (2015)
Muhammad (2015–present)

Born
(1935-12-31) 31 December 1935 (age 81)
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Issue
Detail
Mohammad
Turki
Abdulaziz
Fahd
Bandar
Faisal
Ahmed
Sultan
Rakan

Full name

Salman bin Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal bin Turki bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Saud

House
House of Saud

Father
Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia

Mother
Hassa bint Ahmad Al Sudairi

Religion
Sunni Islam

Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Arabic: سلمان بن عبد العزيز آل سعود‎‎‎, Salmān ibn ‘Abd al-‘Azīz Āl Sa‘ūd; born 31 December 1935) is King of Saudi Arabia, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and head of the House of Saud.[1]
He served as the Deputy Governor and then the Governor of Riyadh for 48 years from 1963 to 2011. He was then appointed as Minister of Defence. He was also named the Crown Prince in 2012 following the death of his brother Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Salman was crowned as the new King of Saudi Arabia on 23 January 2015 following the death of his half-brother, King Abdullah. Among the most notable events during his reign so far have been Saudi Arabia’s military intervention in the Yemeni Civil War, the 2015 Mina stampede during the Hajj, and the execution of Nimr al-Nimr and 46 other opponents of the regime on 2 January 2016.

Contents

1 Early life
2 Governor of Riyadh
3 Second in line (Second Deputy Prime Minister)
4 Crown Prince
5 King of Saudi Arabia

5.1 Early reforms
5.2 Yemen military intervention
5.3 New Crown Prince and new Deputy Crown Prince
5.4 Al-Qaeda
5.5 Human rights
5.6 Iran and Syria
5.7 Panama Papers revelations

6 Influence
7 Views
8 Personal life
9 Controversies
10 Ancestry
11 References
12 External links

Early life[edit]
Salman was born on 31 December 1935,[2] and is reported to be the 25th son of Ibn Saud.[2] Salman and his six brothers make up what is referred to as the Sudairi Seven.[3][4] He was raised in the Murabba Palace.[5]
Salman received his early education at the Princes’ School in the capital city of Riyadh, a school established by Ibn Saud specifically to provide education for his children.[6] He studied religion and modern science.[
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