SAUDI ARABIA

Royal Schism In The House Of Saud?

Persistent reports of royal disquiet about the role of the king’s favored son indicate that a showdown between rival factions may be imminent.

By - Simon Henderson*

Saudi Arabia’s leadership has been in turmoil since January, when King ‘Abd Allah died and was succeeded by Crown Prince Salman, who promptly promoted his 29-year-old son Muhammad to minister of defense.

The status of his son, or MbS as he is known, was...