The appointment of a new crown prince in Saudi Arabia is said to represent a major change. Here's a look at the reaction on social media where there was both praise and criticism as thousands pledged allegiance to him.
When Saudi King Salman announced acrown prince
at the end of April, the news of a shake-up at the top of the power pyramid caught a lot of people within the country and in the Arab world in general by surprise. DW's Arabic department takes a look at what the appointment of Mohammed Ben Nayef means for people in the region.
Crown Prince Ben Nayef is no stranger to the royal family. He's a nephew to the king and was previously Deputy Crown Prince. At age 55 he's also realatively old to be appointed to such a position, especially compared to western monarachies. And that opens the question of whether the king is genuinely interested in introducing change by bringing in a younger generation.