Daniel Halliday
Mar 13 · Last update 17 days ago.

Is the Saudi Crown Prince trying to seize control of the country?

As Saudi Arabia arrests the King’s brother, Prince Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz, along with other royals, the world is left speculating as to what exactly is happening inside the country’s royal family. Also amongst the arrests was the former Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Nayef, a long time rival of the current Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman (MBS), many have accused MBS of attempting to consoled power in the country. But is the situation as simple as that? Is Mohammad bin Salman trying to seize control of Saudi Arabia?
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Yes, MBS seeks absolute power and the throne as king

Since becoming Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman has arrested a long list of notable Saudi royals, politicians, businessmen and clerics citing corruption or extremism as justification, but this has widely been recognised as a move to consolidate power. He even went so far as to keep a number of his family hostage in the Saudi Ritz Carlton Hotel in 2017, not letting them leave until they transferred large amounts of their wealth to him. At the same time it is unclear what is happening exactly with his father, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who seems to be battling dementia. But it does seem painfully clear however that MBS wants to hold on to power when his dad ultimately loses his battle with the disease.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017%E2%80%9319_Saudi_Arabian_purge mintpressnews.com/saudi-king-hospitalized-for-dementia/210145 islamtimes.org/en/news/849309/saudi-crown-prince-mbs-plans-to-become-king-before-november-g20-summit-report

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Since becoming Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman has arrested a long list of notable Saudi royals, politicians, businessmen and clerics citing corruption or extremism as justification, but this has widely been recognised as a move to consolidate power. He even went so far as to keep a number of his family hostage in the Saudi Ritz Carlton Hotel in 2017, not letting them leave until they transferred large amounts of their wealth to him. At the same time it is unclear what is happening exactly with his father, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who seems to be battling dementia. But it does seem painfully clear however that MBS wants to hold on to power when his dad ultimately loses his battle with the disease.
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