Published On: Tue, Nov 7th, 2017

Do recent arrests in Saudi Arabia have to do with power struggle in the country?

Do recent arrests in Saudi Arabia have to do with power struggle in the country?

Despite the fact Saudi officials have commented that recent arrests in Saudi Arabia have to do with the fight against corruption only, many experts believe it relates to the POWER FIGHT, existing in the country for a long while. A high ranking official said in a statement on Monday that arrests were only the first step in the fight against corruption. The statement went on to say “It was the beginning of a vital process for rooting the corruptions wherever they are.” The official also said the suspects would benefit from legal counsel and trials would be held in a timely and open way.

Based on reports from reliable sources the local banks in the country began to freeze the accounts of the related persons. Information was not made available by Central bank officials and the government’s Center for International Communication.

Experts with knowledge about the region and the country comment that the Royal Family have experienced a lot of power struggle, among its tribes, behind the scenes for many years. Still such a shocking picture was nothing to be expected according to sources.

The king also relieved Prince Miteb bin Abdullah from his post as head of the powerful National Guard, taking out one of the last senior royals that had survived a series of cabinet reshuffles that promoted allies of his son. Prince Mohammed became heir to the throne in June when his cousin was removed in a palace shakeup.

A senior Saudi official denied the crackdown had any other purpose than to fight corruption. The accused will be “will be subject to investigation according to the regular procedures adopted in the Kingdom,” he said.

(interesting article about power play in SA)

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