Prince Mohammed bin Salman becomes deputy prime minister and retains his defense and other portfolios, the decree issued by the Saudi state news agency SPA said.
McDonald's KSA, which stands for Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is a franchise operation which is owned by Riyadh International Catering Company. As Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have always enjoyed exemplary relations, completion of the nomination process smoothly is a matter of deep satisfaction for people of Pakistan.
The royal decree said the decision by King Salman to promote his son and consolidate his power was endorsed by 31 out of 34 members of the Allegiance Council, made up of senior members of the ruling Al Saud family.
"However, while potentially economically beneficial, with bin Salman a major proponent of reforms to privatize elements of the Saudi economy and entice foreign investment into the country, the move also suggests Saudi Arabia will continue to embrace a hawkish foreign policy, further heightening tensions across the Middle East", they added.
Mohammed bin Salman, who will take on Nayef's old job as interior minister, was relatively unknown in the kingdom when his father came to power 2 1/2 years ago.
Although he is still in his youth, Mohammed bin Salman has for a long time held senior government positions and has been at the forefront of the kingdom's plans to wean itself off oil as one of economic strategies that were launched previous year.
The White House didn't receive any advance notice from Saudi officials ahead of the prince's elevation, the second official said.
The article also cites an unspecified "media source" saying that "Mohammad bin Salman has literally bribed the new USA administration by paying $56m to Donald Trump".
On Wednesday, King Salman put an end to all speculation on the succession by ousting Prince Nayef, his nephew, and appointing his son the new Crown Prince.
Tikit did not exclude that Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud will follow the policy of the United States and the UAE, which declared "war" against political Islam. Qatar has denied the accusations.
Sunni-dominated Saudi Arabia leads a coalition supporting the Yemeni government against Shiite rebels who control the capital Sanaa. That visit to Washington helped lay the foundation for Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia in May, which marked the president's first overseas visit and which was promoted heavily by the kingdom as proof of its weight in the region and wider Muslim world.
"The more that time goes by, the more doubt is raised about the actions taken by Saudi Arabia and the UAE", Nauert said.
On Wednesday, Prince Nayef was also removed from his role as head of domestic security.