Saudi Crown Prince Gains Power

Sep 18, 2017

Saudi Arabia’s recently installed crown prince is consolidating his power. Mohamed bin Salman is “stamping out traces of internal dissent before any formal transfer of power from his 81-year-old father King Salman.” About twenty-four people, including clerics, were arrested last week in an effort to crackdown on dissent. Dissenters oppose bin Salman’s “aggressive foreign policy that includes the boycott of . . . .Qatar as well as . . . privatizing state assets and cutting subsidies.” The former crown prince has been under house arrest since he was replaced by bin Salman. The 32-year-old crown prince may end up ruling Saudi Arabia for the next half-century. In an effort to gain the support of the country’s younger generation, bin Salman is “putting sports and entertainment on the cutting edge of his reform effort.” The prince wants to move the country away from oil dependency and “develop the kingdom’s industrial and investment base to generate more private-sector jobs for young Saudis.” Analysts believe that the King may abdicate sometime in 2018 in favor of bin Salman.