Cracks in the Saudi royal family. Saudi Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz has returned to Riyadh after spending several months in London. Brother to the current king, Ahmed was heir apparent to the throne until Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman jumped the line of succession. His return has therefore fueled rumors of intensified familial opposition to his rule – opposition that was created by his rise to power but aggravated by the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. Among the most aggrieved are Saudi Arabia’s conservatives, who consider regressive many of MBS’s reforms, such as allowing women to drive. According to reports from Voice of America, Ahmed plans to convene a meeting of the family council for the express purpose of curbing MBS’s power through the appointment of a guardian. Division among the ruling family would undermine Saudi Arabia’s efforts to counter Iran and obstruct its plan to reform the economy.
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