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Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia
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The Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia is the chair of the Council of Ministers and formal head of government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Since the reign of King Faisal, the prime minister post has been held by the king.
Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia
رئيس وزراء المملكة العربية السعودية

Royal Standard of Saudi Arabia
Incumbent
Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Details
StyleCustodian of the Two Holy Mosques (Formal)
Your Majesty (Informal)
ResidenceAl Saud Palace
History
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The office was created along with the Council of Ministers on 9 October 1953, by decree of King Saud. Due to unrest within the royal family over his rule, Saud was forced to appoint his half-brother, Crown Prince Faisal, as prime minister. An ongoing power struggle between the two led to Faisal's resignation in 1960, allowing Saud to reclaim the reins of government, but continued discontent saw Faisal return as prime minister in 1962. After the deposition of Saud in 1964, Faisal succeeded him as king, while remaining prime minister. Since then the two offices have been merged.[1] However, since the reign of King Khalid, others have done much of the "heavy lifting" as the king was either unwilling or unable to carry the workload, especially as the kingdom became a gerontocracy during the 1990s and 2000s. Royal Favorites achieved power to become de facto prime ministers. The current one is the King's son Mohammad, who is his father's top aide.
List of de jure Prime Ministers of Saudi Arabia
Since the time of the coup, the Kingship and the prime ministership have been one and the same.
List of de facto Prime Ministers of Saudi Arabia
See also
List of kings of Saudi Arabia
References
  1. ^ أرشيف-شاهد على العصر-الأمير طلال بن عبد العزيز ج1 [Watch the Times – Prince Talal bin Abdul Aziz] (in Arabic). Al Jazeera. 31 July 2016 – via YouTube.
  2. ^ *"Saudi Arabia". WorldStatesman. Ben Cahoon. Retrieved 2014-03-31.

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