Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Muqrin bin Abdulaziz (born 15 September 1945) is a member of House of Saud and was director general of the General Intelligence Agency of Saudi Arabia (GIA) from 2005 to 2012. In July 2012, Prince Muqrin was appointed King Abdullah’s advisor and special envoy with the rank of minister. On 1 February 2013, King Abdullah named him as second deputy prime minister, being the fifth Saudi royal to hold this position. This post is formerly held by late King Fahd, King Abdullah, late Crown Prince Sultan, and late Crown Prince Nayef. On 27 March 2014, he was named deputy crown prince making him second in the line of succession behind his brother Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
Prince Muqrin studied at the Riyadh Model Institute. He, then, went to Britain’s RAF College in Cranwell and graduated with a degree in aeronautics at the rank of flight lieutenant in 1968. He also received a diploma, equivalent to a master’s degree, from the General Staff course in the US in 1974.
Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz during his service in the Saudi Royal Air Force (RSAF)
Muqrin bin Abdulaziz was an air force pilot. In 1964, he joined the Saudi royal air force (RSAF). He was named commander of the RSAF’s 2nd air squadron in 1970. He had served in several positions in the RSAF from 1973 to 1977 before being appointed the adjutant to the director of air operations. He then was elevated to president of operations and planning for the RSAF.
Prince Muqrin was appointed second deputy prime minister by King Abdullah on 1 February 2013, although he was not seen as a potential contender for the post by analysts. This post, which had been vacant since October 2011, is regarded as second in line to the Saudi throne. In practical terms, in this role Prince Muqrin is expected to handle daily running of the country whenever King Abdullah and Crown Prince Salman are out of the country or could not deal with the daily administrative affairs due to health concerns. In addition to the post of second deputy prime minister Prince Muqrin keeps his other two previous posts, namely adviser to and special envoy of King Abdullah.
Deputy crown prince
Prince Muqrin was named deputy crown prince by King Abdullah on 27 March 2014, placing him next in line to succeed King Abdullah after his half-brother Crown Prince Salman. His nomination, according to Reuters, gives more assurance to the kingdom’s long-term succession process.
Prince Muqrin is considered to be one of the candidates for accession to the throne since he has governmental experience although his maternal line was seen as a factor curtailing his chance in this regard. However, his appointment as second deputy prime minister on 1 February 2013 made him a strong candidate for accession to the Saudi throne. In 27 March 2014, he was named deputy crown prince, putting him closer in the line succession.