2006 News Story

Kingdom formalizes the royal succession

The Royal Court issued a statement yesterday announcing the establishment a committee of princes that will vote on the appointment of future Saudi kings and crown princes. The move aims to formalize the royal succession.

The committee, which will be called the Allegiance Institution, will consist of sons and grandsons of King Abdulaziz Al-Saud, who founded the modern Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1932.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz decided to establish the new system in the public interest, the royal statement said. It is part of an amendment to the Kingdom’s Basic Law.

Previously, the King had the sole right to select the Crown Prince.  Under the new system, the King will nominate a Crown Prince, and the Allegiance Institution will vote on the candidate. If the committee rejects the King’s candidate, then it can vote for one of three princes also nominated by the King.

The new system will not take effect until Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz ascends the throne.

A second royal decree was also issued yesterday appointing Khaled bin Abdulaziz Al-Tuwaijeri as the Secretary-General of the Allegiance Institution.


Read a translation of the Allegiance Institution Law