Published On: Fri, Oct 30th, 2015

Saudi politics once again prey to power struggle


Politics of Saudi Arabia has once again fallen prey to a power struggle between two princes with fierce competition; Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdul Aziz first prince and interior minister, Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, son of the King of Saudi second crown prince and defense minister.

Mistrust over the intelligence of Yemen between two princes led by the son of Salman and recent Mina incident in which more than 2200 pilgrimages died are the main cause of the rising power struggle.

Various speculation is being made by the observers  that the conflict will be more serious and will at the large effect  the political balance of Saudi Arabia in future. It is also resulting in disturbing policies abroad.

King Salman’s government is now a day being criticized due to crane crash and Mina incident. Interior Minister who was holding the responsibility to manage Hajj matters, the government will find a good reason to throw him out from the government. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdul Aziz who is supposed to be the next king after King Salman’s death is also struggling to criticize  irresponsibility of  Prince Salman in Yemen war. Crown Prince has strong position abroad due to its role in counter-terrorism. He may also create difficulties for King Salman because the majority of Ulama is also criticizing the irresponsible role of  King in Hajj incident.

Before this, In 1964 King Saud was also finally ousted after a long power struggle when the majority of senior royal family members and the Kingdom’s religious establishment spoke with one voice and withdrew their support. The prince Nayef says something similar is going to happen again soon. Some foreign diplomats are of the views Eight of the 12 surviving sons of Saudi Arabia’s founding monarch is supporting a move to oust King Salman.

However, the struggle to remove King Saud took several years which led to tension between Saudi Arabia’s main armed organizations – the army, interior ministry and national guard – before finally he left without bloodshed.

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