Is Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince consolidating power?

Published on August 19, 2016 by

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has had a controversial rise to power, and he appears to be tightening his grip even further.
Media reports suggest at least 20 Princes, officials and army officers have been arrested in the Kingdom’s latest purge.
They include former Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Nayef and the King’s last-surviving full brother, Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz.
The Saudi government hasn’t officially responded to reports that the princes were accused of a coup plot.
In just three years, Mohammed Bin Salman has silenced nearly all voices of dissent at home, with critics jailed, even killed.

So, what are the implications of this crackdown?

Presenter: Jonah Hull

Roxane Farmanfamaian – Lecturer on Middle East Politics at the University of Cambridge.
David Hearst – Editor in Chief of the online publication Middle East Eye
Ali Al-Ahmed – Director of the Gulf Affairs Institute and a former Saudi political prisoner.

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