|Saudi king names Salman as crown prince: state TV|
The family's Allegiance Council paid allegiance to Salman and Prince Muqrin as his crown prince and heir, the statement said.
Abdullah, 90, had ruled Saudi Arabia as king since 2006, but had run the country as de facto regent for a decade before that after his predecessor King Fahd suffered a debilitating stroke.
King Salman, 79, has been crown prince and defence minister since 2012. He was governor of Riyadh province for five decades before that.
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