Running a kingdom is definitely a tough job. And no one can realize it better than the ailing 88-year-old Saudi King Abdullah especially in recent times when he had to take the hectic job of nominating a new Crown Prince for the second time in nine months.
This time following the death of the 79 year-old Crown Prince Nayef who in the last few months of his life added a stick to his wardrobe and regained a steroidal puffiness, but could still not recover from the effects of cancer speculated to be leukemia. Despite the fact that the demise of Prince Nayef has plunged the entire Saudi nation in grief, it will definitely be Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud, the next best in-line candidate for the throne who would have welcomed the news with open arms. Why? Because for him it was just not the news of Nayef’s death but also a call that actually sounded to him like: “Congratulations you are being promoted”. And for a person who was the governor of Riyadh for nearly five decades, the call does matter a lot. But, by the end of the call Prince Salman must have understood that he is no spring chicken.