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Old 03-07-2020, 04:27 PM
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The development is not surprising. Rumours run wild and rife ... This arrest will exacerbate the already tense relationships between the various factions in the royal family.
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Old 03-07-2020, 07:09 PM
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Three Senior Members of the Saudi Royal Family Are Arrested

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia has detained one of the most senior members of the royal family, a former crown prince and a royal cousin for unexplained reasons, a relative and a person close to the royal family said Friday.
Is the New York Times article suggesting that the princes' arrest may be a maneuver to distract from criticism of the Crown Prince and the stagnating economy?
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Old 03-08-2020, 12:22 AM
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Not so big surprise. The crown prince seemingly is securing his positions before him becomes king which might happen soon. And there will be surely further purges on royal family and among such officials who could oppose power of future king.
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Old 03-08-2020, 01:14 AM
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A 4th prince is being reported having been arrested now

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world...bbf_story.html

The original three:
-the king's only living full brother Ahmed bin Abdulaziz
-former crown prince Mohammed bin Nayef
-Mohamed's half brother Nawwaf bin Nayef

and now on Saturday we have the arrest of Nayef bin Ahmed, one of Ahmed's sons. He is a colonel in the army.

Reports are saying even though only 4 are named, up to 20 princes have been arrested in this newest purge. Ahmed's son was the highest ranking military officer arrested.

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/e...i-crown-prince
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Old 03-09-2020, 06:12 AM
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A 4th prince is being reported having been arrested now

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world...bbf_story.html

The original three:
-the king's only living full brother Ahmed bin Abdulaziz
-former crown prince Mohammed bin Nayef
-Mohamed's half brother Nawwaf bin Nayef

and now on Saturday we have the arrest of Nayef bin Ahmed, one of Ahmed's sons. He is a colonel in the army.

Reports are saying even though only 4 are named, up to 20 princes have been arrested in this newest purge. Ahmed's son was the highest ranking military officer arrested.

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/e...i-crown-prince
Thank you for posting these articles. It is disquieting that even the most influential members of the crown prince's own family are no longer spared; the "assurances of safety" he gave apparently meant very little.
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Old 03-09-2020, 09:53 AM
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From The Guardian:

A former senior diplomat, well versed in Saudi palace intrigue, said the latest purge appeared to be part of a systematic approach to eliminating dissent as Prince Mohammed’s ascension drew near.

Using an Arabic term, “Bani”, to suggest “tribe”, he said: “So he’s gone for the Bani Abdullah, the Bani Fahd and the Bani Sultan. Now it’s the Bani Nayef. There’s still a son of Saud bin Nayef [Mohammed bin Nayef’s brother] at the General Intelligence Presidency. He’ll have to go, too."

https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...reason-arrests
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