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Riot over Dissident Rattles Saudi Royal Family



The removal of such a powerful crown prince could prove extremely disturbing, and few princes would want to intrigue the job with a sneaky Mohammed bin Salman against his successor. But a Western diplomat with long experience in the kingdom suggested that the king might control the young prince by reducing his power and perhaps giving control of the security services to other respected princes.

"The brand is irreparably tarnished – domestically, there really needs to do something to rein in MBS," said the diplomat, referring to the crown prince with his initials. "You have to do something to encircle him."

One of the few with the stature to urge the king to make such a shift might be Prince Khalid, who flew to Ankara to see the Turks. A son of the late King Faisal and now Governor of Mecca, Prince Khalid, 78, is considered by the family to be measured and intelligent. That the king sent him on such a delicate mission shows that he already has the confidence of the monarch. His half-brother, Prince Turki al-Faisal, was a longtime friend and patron of Khashoggi over the decades he worked in Saudi Arabia, before he was critical of Crown Prince Mohammed.

Some enemies of the Crown Prince were hoping for an accession to the throne of Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, the king's brother. Prince Ahmed, 73, is the youngest of seven sons of the late King Abdulaziz, who all had the same mother, Hussa bint Ahmed al-Sudairi. The Sudairi Seven, as they were called, formed a powerful bloc within the family and handed the throne from brother to brother – a pattern that would have extended to Prince Ahmed if King Salman had not transferred the succession to his own son. 19659002] Prince Mohammed's critics were electrified last month when Prince Ahmed approached protesters on London Street who were singing about the war in Yemen against the royal family

"What does that have to do with Al Saud?" Prince Ahmed said, caught in comments on video. "Those responsible are the king and his crown prince."

When asked after the war in Yemen, he replied, "I hope the situation ends, either in Yemen or elsewhere, today before tomorrow."

On the Internet critic of the Crown Prince Prince Ahmed loyalty loyalty, but his role as opposition leader did not last long. He soon issued an explanation that his comment had been misinterpreted. He stays in London and is afraid to return home.


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