Saudi Royal Calls for Regime Change in Riyadh

(Guardian-UK) Hugh Miles - A senior Saudi prince has launched an unprecedented call for change in the country's leadership. One of the grandsons of the state's founder, Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, has told the Guardian that there is disquiet among the royal family at the leadership of King Salman, who acceded to the throne in January. "The king is not in a stable condition and in reality the son of the king [Mohammed bin Salman] is ruling the kingdom," said the prince, who wrote two letters earlier this month calling for the king to be removed. "The public are also pushing this very hard, all kinds of people, tribal leaders," the prince added. Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the deputy crown prince, is a new arrival to the Saudi senior leadership team. Still very young by Saudi standards - officially 35 but rumored to be much younger - he is minister of defense, responsible for Saudi Arabia's intervention in Yemen, where rebel Houthis have come under attack from Saudi aircraft and ground forces.

2015-09-30 00:00:00

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