SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) — "Crown Prince Nayef went abroad for a personal vacation during which some medical tests have been scheduled," Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday, without naming his destination.
In April, the 78-year-old Nayef returned to Saudi Arabia after spending a month abroad following medical tests in the US. The nature of the tests has not been revealed.
Nayef was named crown prince in October last year following the death of Prince Sultan, one of his brothers.
Prince Nayef, who has been interior minister for nearly four decades, would take over the rule of the kingdom in the event of the death of King Abdullah, who is nearly 90.
The poor health among the aging royal family in the Persian Gulf state deepens the power vacuum amid a wave of protests over the persisting brutal crackdown on the Saudi people.
Saudi Arabia's east has been the scene of anti-government protests since February 2011. — shafaqna.com