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Addiction and intrigue: Inside the Saudi palace coup



At dawn bin Nayef gave up. He told a palace adviser that he was ready to see the king. The meeting was short. Bin Nayef agreed to step down and signed a document to that effect.

With bin Salman’s sudden ascent, there is speculation among diplomats and Saudi and Arab officials that King Salman is poised to abdicate in favor of his son.

Quoting a witness at the palace, one source said King Salman this month pre-recorded a statement in which he announces the transfer of the throne to his son.

The announcement could be broadcast at any time, perhaps as soon as September, the source said.

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