Abdul-Rahman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
|Abdul Rahman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud|
|Native name||عبد الرحمن بن عبد العزيز آل سعود|
|Born||1931 (age 85–86)
Kingdom of Nejd and Hejaz
|Spouse(s)||Maha Al Ibrahim|
|House||House of Saud|
|Deputy Minister of Defense and Aviation|
1978 – 5 November 2011
|Preceded by||Turki II bin Abdulaziz Al Saud|
|Succeeded by||Khalid bin Sultan|
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 Saudi Arabian deputy minister of defense and aviation.
Early life and education
Abdul Rahman was born in 1931 to Ibn Saud and Hassa Al Sudairi. As of 21 January 2017[update], he was the oldest living member of the Sudairi Seven. Abdul Rahman, the first of King Abdulaziz's sons to study in the West, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley and graduated from the California Military Academy.
He was the counsellor for royal family affairs during the mid-1970s. Abdul Rahman replaced his brother, Prince Turki II, as the kingdom's deputy minister of defense and aviation in 1978 when Turki resigned; before that, he was a businessman. He held the post until 5 November 2011. During the 1980s, when he was deputy minister, Abdul Rahman reportedly provided food service to the ministry with his own company.
He was relieved from his post as deputy minister on 5 November 2011. According to Al-Quds Al-Arabi, Abdul Rahman was dismissed by King Abdullah when, unhappy at being bypassed as crown prince in favor of Prince Nayef, he refused to declare allegiance to Nayef.
The prince was reportedly the only son of King Abdulaziz to oppose the 2007 formation of the Allegiance Council, despite support from nearly all sons of the king. The apparent reason for his protests was the fact that he was next in age, after Crown Prince Sultan; the new succession arrangement is based on merit, rather than age. Prince Salman, his younger brother and the referee in family disputes, reportedly met with Abdul Rahman and told him to "shut up and get back to work".
He is married to Maha Al Ibrahim, sister of King Fahd's wife Al Jawhara Al Ibrahim and Al Ibrahim's brothers (including Waleed Al Ibrahim). Abdul Rahman's son-in-law is Nayef bin Sultan bin Fawwaz al-Shaalan.
|Ancestors of Abdul-Rahman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud|
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