Mohammed bin Salman was named Crown Prince in June this year, ousting cousin Mohammed bin Nayef, who is 27 years his senior. Now he has his eyes on a much bigger prize
Mohammed bin Salman was named Crown Prince and heir to the throne in June this year, ousting his powerful cousin Mohammed bin Nayef, who is 27 years his senior.
Now he has his eyes on a much bigger prize.
His father, King Salman, is 81 and is reportedly suffering with dementia, only able to concentrate for a few hours each day.
Prince Mohammed is just 32, but he is already the power behind the throne. He is deputy prime minister and the world’s youngest defence minister.
He also controls the nation’s oil reserves, the royal family’s biggest source of wealth, and has already set about making his mark, pledging this week to return Saudi Arabia to moderate Islam and “destroy extremism”.
It is a potential global game-changer.
After all, Osama Bin Laden and many of the 9/11 attackers came from Saudi Arabia and the country has been accused of promoting wahhabism, a puritanical branch of Islam said to have inspired the Manchester and London Bridge terrorist attacks this year.