King Salman greets a young boy during his visit to Qassim province in Saudi Arabia.
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman has embarked on a domestic tour this week with his favorite son, demonstrating his support for his chosen heir despite the crisis spawned by the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.Prince Mohammad broke weeks of silence on Oct. 25 to vow justice would prevail.After weeks of lying low, the prince has now returned to the public stage.Last week, one of the king's surviving younger brothers, Prince Ahmad bin Abdel-Aziz, returned from a 2-1/2 months stay abroad where he had appeared to criticize the leadership.There is no indication King Salman is considering elevating another prince, either to replace his son or balance his authority by serving as his deputy.The king's decision to put Prince Mohammad in charge of restructuring the intelligence apparatus a move aimed at addressing a purported cause of the Khashoggi crisis indicates that the crown prince remains "untouchable," the diplomat added.
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