Saudi Arabia’s ruling family begin to turn on Mohammed bin Salman, as oil refinery strike sparks fears the crown prince cannot defend the kingdom


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Prominent family members have expressed concern, diplomatic sources said
Crown prince is accused of attempting to take too tight a grip on power
Other Al Saud family members say his stance towards Iran is overtly aggressive
One source said in elite circles there is ‘no confidence’ in the young leader

By Ross Ibbetson For Mailonline
Published:  , 2 October 2019 |


Saudi Arabia’s ruling family have begun to turn on Mohammed bin Salman after an oil refinery strike last month sparked fears the crown prince cannot defend his kingdom.

Several prominent members of the ruling Al Saud dynasty, of around 10,000 members, have expressed concern for their country, which is the world’s largest oil exporter, senior diplomatic sources with ties to the royals said.
The September 14 strikes have also fanned discontent among some in elite circles who believe the crown prince has sought too tight a grip on power, the sources said.

Some of these people said the event has also fuelled criticism among those who believe he has pursued an overly aggressive stance towards Iran.

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FILE PHOTO: Saudi Arabia’s then Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman reacts upon his arrival at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, June 24, 2015. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo





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