Middle East: Two to Watch

Two of the Arab world's most important monarchs last week chose new crown princes. The conscientious kings of Saudi Arabia and Jordan both bypassed younger brothers (both named Mohammed) to name more sobersided brothers who are younger still.

> Jordan's plucky King Hussein, 29, ignored his tantrum-prone younger brother Mohammed, 24, to bestow the title of Crown Prince on Prince Hassan, a gifted Harrow graduate who is already enrolled at Oxford at the age of 17. By so doing, Hussein took the crown rights from his own infant son, three-year-old Prince Abdullah. He feared Jordanians would reject Abdullah as...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!