Sennacherib, believing that direct Assyrian rule was too costly, appointed Bel-ibni, a young Babylonian nobleman raised at the Assyrian court, King of Babylon in 703 BC.
The experiment with a native puppet king was hardly more successful than direct Assyrian control. Soon Bel-ibni was conspiring with the Chaldeans and Elamites against the Assyrians. After defeating the opposing coalition in 700 BC, Sennacherib deposed Bel-ibni and carried him off to Assyrian exile, replacing him with Sennacherib's own son, Ashur-nadin-shumi.
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|style="width:30%;" rowspan="1"|Preceded by
Marduk-apal-iddina II | style="width: 40%; text-align: center;" rowspan="1"| King of Babylon
703-700 BC | style="width: 30%; text-align: center;" rowspan="1"| Succeeded by
Ashur-nadin-shumi |- Template:End boxTemplate:MEast-royal-stub
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