It is with sadness that American Bedu informs readers that His Royal Highness Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz passed away on 16 June 2012 while abroad for medical treatment.
Crown Prince Nayef, among his many titles and accomplishments was also next in line for the throne.
The SUSRIS News and Information organization provides an excellent special report about the Crown Prince, his history and achievements:
Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz (1934-2012)
His Royal Highness Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz was designated Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and appointed Deputy Prime Minister, by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz on October 27, 2011, upon the death of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz. Crown Prince Nayef also serves as Minister of Interior.
Prince Nayef was born in Taif in 1354H (1934), and, along with his brothers, received his early education in religion, modern culture and diplomacy at the royal court. He was appointed Deputy Governor of Riyadh in 1951 and Governor of Riyadh in 1953. In 1970, King Faisal appointed Prince Nayef the Deputy Minister of Interior and in 1975, King Khaled named him Minister of Interior. King Abdullah appointed him Second Deputy Prime Minister in 2009.
Prince Nayef has been instrumental in international counterterrorism efforts. As Minister of Interior, he has safeguarded the Kingdom, effectively leading counterterrorism initiatives to root out Al-Qaeda.
During his early years in government, Prince Nayef contributed greatly to the Kingdom’s development, helping to formulate the Kingdom’s domestic and foreign policy.. In 1992, King Fahd appointed Prince Nayef head of a committee charged with laying down the basic system of government, the Majlis Al-Shura (Consultative Council) System and the Provincial System.
Prince Nayef has chaired, or currently chairs, various committees, including the Higher Hajj Committee, the Higher Civil Defense Council, the Council of Governors, the Board of Directors at Naif Arab University for Security Sciences, the Higher Industrial Security Commission, the Higher Information Council, supervisor of the Authority of Investigation and Public Prosecution, the Manpower Council, the Board of the Human Resources Development Fund, and Chief of the Supreme Commission for Tourism.
Prince Nayef is also the General Supervisor for Relief and Humanitarian Committees and Campaigns in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Honorary President of the Saudi Charitable Society for the Welfare of Saudi Families Abroad and Chairman of the Board of the Human Resources Development Fund. Prince Nayef regularly conducts official visits to nations around the world, meeting with heads-of-state and officials. He has been the honorary president of the Arab Interior Ministers since 1983.
Prince Nayef has been awarded many medals and decorations, including the military Order of the Cloud and Banner by Taiwan (1977), the Legion of Honor by France (1977), the Order of the Liberator by Venezuela (1977), the Al-Kawkab Decoration by Jordan (1977), the Order of National Security by Republic of South Korea (1980), and the National Order of the Cedar by Lebanon (2009). He also was awarded the King Abdulaziz Medal – First Class. He is a recipient of several honorary degrees, including an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Cheng Shiu University in Taiwan, an Honorary Doctorate of Law from South Korea, Honorary Doctorate of Political Science from the Lebanese University, Honorary Doctorate of Islamic Politics from Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah, Saudi Arabia and an Honorary Doctorate from the National Ribat University in Sudan.
His passing already raises speculation on who will succeed him and be next in line for the throne.
American Bedu sends deepest condolences to the Family members and people of Saudi Arabia on the loss of Crown Prince Nayef.