Calls for coup as rift deepens in Saudi royal family

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By Muslim Mirror Desk,

Saudi Arabia: Whilst deepening crisis in the royal Saudi family, Prince Khaled bin Farhan, a dissident Saudi prince has made an appeal to other princes saying “irrational, erratic and stupid” rule had gone beyond the point of no-return.

Prince Khalid said ‘I seize this opportunity to appeal to my uncles Ahmed and Muqrin, who are the sons of Abdulaziz to do something to change things for the better’.

Prince Khaled is a distant member of the Saudi royal family. But Riyadh is sensitive to any member breaking ranks, however distant he may be to the line of succession, and has tried to lure him back.

The prince said that recent statements by Mamdouh bin Abdulaziz, one of the eldest surviving brothers of King Salman, indicated wider resentment within the family as a whole.

“There is so much anger within the royal family,” Prince Khaled said, “I took this information and appeal to my uncles Ahmed and Muqrin, who are the sons of Abdulaziz and are highly educated, well versed and able to change things for the better. I can say that we are all behind them and support them,” the prince said hile speaking to Middle-east Eye.

Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, a former deputy minister of interior and minister of the interior, retains the support of important sections of the security forces and the tribes, the prince said. Muqrin bin Abdulaziz was initially appointed crown prince by his brother Salman, only to be replaced by Muhammed bin Nayef in April 2015: he in turn was replaced by current incumbent Mohammed bin Salman, sometimes known as MBS, in June 2017.

Prince Khaled said he had received a large number of emails from people within the police and army in support of his call. “I perceived from them that they are appealing, rather than demanding, to Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz to take an initiative to change the current situation.”


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