Saudi Crown Prince Nayef Dies, Succession Becomes Complex

Saudi Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud died Saturday. It is believed he was 78.

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Now the complex system of succession to the Saudi throne is in play again.

Anchor Marco Werman talks to author and journalist Thomas Lippman who is with the Middle East Institute and has covered the region for more than 30 years.

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    Saudi Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud died on June 16, 2012. (Photo: Sultan Sultan/Wikipedia)

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    Prince Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz (R), the son of Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, who died on Saturday, arrives at funeral prayers in Turki bin Abdullah Mosque in Riyadh October 25, 2011. The death of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Sultan sets the stage for an eventual generational shift in the ageing leadership of the world's top oil exporter, even if King Abdullah picks 77-year-old Prince Nayef to succeed him. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed (SAUDI ARABIA - Tags: ROYALS OBITUARY POLITICS)