Saudi Arabia's King led funeral prayers on Sunday for Crown Prince Nayef
Mecca's Great Mosque, Islam's holiest place, was lined with members of the al-Saud ruling family and leaders of Arab states as an imam led the sunset prayer next to the body of Nayef, who died on Saturday.
Among the mourners was the man most likely to be named as successor: Prince Salman, 76, who is seen as more likely to continue the 89-year-old King Abdullah's cautious economic and social reforms than the conservative Nayef.
Saudi television showed the ambulance carrying Nayef's body arriving at the great mosque in Mecca, with the body, wrapped in a brown shroud, carried inside by his sons and other close family members.
Nayef's body arrived at the Grand Mosque in Mecca on Sunday. He was buried following the funeral in Al-Adel cemetery in Mecca, according to Oussama Nogali, Saudi foreign ministry spokesman.
Saudi King Abdullah was in attendance at the funeral, along with Gen. Hussein Tantawi, head of Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.
The range of mourners sitting near King Abdullah, including the head of Egypt's military council, General Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, and leaders of Gulf Arab countries, the Palestinian authority and Lebanon.
Sources: Agency Reports
- Asian Tribune –