Saudi Arabia: Crown Prince Sultan – May He Rest in Peace


It is with deep regret to announce the passing of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud on Saturday, 22 October.  Crown Prince Sultan succumbed to his own personal battle over the years with colon cancer while he was at a New York hospital.  His passing leaves a dark void in the hearts of the people of Saudi Arabia.


Crown Prince Sultan was also Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister.  He was known in the Kingdom for his charitable organizations and charitable actions.


Crown Prince Sultan is survived by 32 children from multiple wives. They include HRH Prince Bandar, the former ambassador to the United States who now heads the National Security Council, and HRH Prince Khaled, Sultan’s assistant in the Defense Ministry.


My sympathies go out to the family of Crown Prince Sultan.  May he rest in peace.


6 Responses

  1. Thanks for the info!

  2. Im sure there are some ppl who are sad that he has passed but defiantly not all of saudi is mourning…at the end of the day these members of royalty need to be brought down to a planet earth to realise we all die at one point and that money cannot buy health/happiness and the gift of life.

  3. This is a golden opportunity for the Saudi ruling family to change the course and select men and women form the family and the population to govern (not rule) the country. None of the new selected individuals should be more than 40 or 50 years old, max. 70% of the Saudi population is under 30, they need contemporary, enlightened, non-sectarian technocrats to lead the country into democratic, scientific, safe and prosperous future.

    Naif should never be the next king because he is the most loathed and anti reforms member of the family. Salman should not be either. If anything Prince Khalid should be the next king and the rest of the ministers and governors should be selected (until elected) based on achievement, hard work, secular education and pro democracy records.

    Preliminary and incomplete recommendations:

    Four year term appointees: Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, King; Princess Basma Bint Saud Minister of Justice; Princess Adela Bint Abdullah Minister of social affairs; Dr. Turki Faisal Al-Rasheed Minister of agriculture, water and electricity; Dr. Hatoon Al-Fassi minister of information; Dr. Madawi Al-Rasheed, Minister of education; Ms. Wajeha Al-Hwaider minister of women affairs, Ms. Reem Assad minister of finance, just to name a few.

    Create an inclusive committee to research and propose a non-sectarian constitution to be debated and approved by the people.

    Elect 300 Shura Council members (50%) women, elect all local municipal members, privatize all media outlets, privatize government industries including oil, create a transparent anti corruption council with unlimited power to expose and prosecute anyone who abuse public wealth and truest regardless of position or wealth. Stay tuned, more to come.

  4. I saw the news this morning. With all the money, prestige and power I’m sure his family is still grieving. (Although with 32 kids it is a bit difficult to imagine the tenor of the relationships)

    Ali Ayami, I didn’t read your entire email but bits and pieces. It sounds like a plan – sigh – but how the %$#@! do you get there from here??

    American Bedu, I’d love to read a description of how succession works in SA. I understand it passes from brother to brother but when there may be 20+ brothers, this is a long line. At what point does it go to the next generation?

  5. Isn’t it time to skip to the next generation?

  6. Once again…a royal who took his disease to another country for treatment.

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