Abdul-Rahman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
|Abdul Rahman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud|
|Deputy Minister of Defense and Aviation|
|in office||1978 – 5 November 2011|
|Predecessor||Turki II bin Abdulaziz Al Saud|
|Successor||Khalid bin Sultan|
|House||House of Saud|
|Mother||Hassa bint Ahmed Al Sudairi|
|Born||1931 (age 82–83)|
Abdul-Rahman bin Abdulaziz (عبد الرحمن بن عبد العزيز آل سعود, ʿAbd ar-Raḥman ibn ʿAbd l-ʿAzīz Āl Saʿūd) (born 1931) is a senior member of the House of Saud and former deputy minister of defense and aviation.
Early life and education
Prince Abdul Rahman is the first of King Abdulaziz's sons to study in the West. He received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley and is a graduate of the California Military Academy.
Abdul Rahman bin Abdulaziz replaced his full brother, Prince Turki (II), as the Kingdom's deputy minister of defense and aviation in 1978, when the latter resigned. Before his appointment, Prince Abdul Rahman was a businessman. He served in this post from 1978 to 5 November 2011. During the 1980s, when he was deputy minister, he is reported to have provided the food service to the ministry through his own large food service company.
Abdul Rahman bin Abdulaziz was relieved from his post as deputy minister on 5 November 2011. Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported that he was dismissed by King Abdullah after being unhappy at being bypassed for selection as Crown Prince in favor of late Prince Nayef and subsequently refusing to declare allegiance for the latter. It is further reported that he argued he should have been promoted.
Prince Abdul Rahman is considered to have been unhappy with the succession arrangement and Prince Nayef's appointment as Crown Prince. He was reported to have expressed his concerns about the formation of the Allegiance Council in 2007. Although nearly all surviving sons of King Abdulaziz supported the new arrangement, only he expressed his protests about it. The reason for his protests was seen as the fact that he was next in age after then-Crown Prince Sultan. Because the new arrangement regarding succession is not based on seniority but on merits. Prince Salman, who is his younger full brother and the referee in family disputes, is reported to have met with Prince Abdul Rahman and told him to "shut up and get back to work".
Prince Abdul Rahman is married to Maha Al Ibrahim, who is the sister of late King Fahd's spouse Al Jawhara Al Ibrahim and Al Ibrahim brothers, including Waleed Al Ibrahim. His son-in-law is Nayef bin Sultan bin Fawwaz al-Shaalan.
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