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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman facing growing global opposition

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composite image of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and Saudi
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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  • Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is facing global
    outcry over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. 
  • Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul this
    past October. 
  • Prince Mohammed was once seen as the face of reform for the
    kingdom, but is now the central villain in the controversy over
    Khashoggi. 
  • The world is slowly turning against the crown prince, the de
    facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, and he’s becoming increasingly
    isolated. 

It wasn’t that long ago that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin
Salman, the de facto ruler of the kingdom, was seen as someone
who would modernize his country. 

Today, Prince Mohammed, 33, is widely viewed as the central
villain in the brutal killing of Saudi journalist Jamal
Khashoggi.

Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on
October 2. Less than two months later, the crown prince’s image
as a reformer has been flipped on its head amid global outcry
over the killing.

The crown prince was engaged in dubious activities prior to
Khashoggi’s killing, such as
kidnapping the Lebanese prime minister
and imprisoning his
rivals, but he largely continued to receive favorable
coverage. 


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Crown
Prince Mohammad bin Salman met Jamal Khashoggi’s son in
Riyadh.

SPA

Khashoggi’s killing, however, has
dramatically changed the narrative on Prince Mohammed
and the
world is slowly turning against him. 

Trump is standing by the crown prince, but the rest of Washington
is starting to turn against the Saudi ruler

The CIA reportedly concluded with “high confidence” that Prince
Mohammed ordered the killing, though the Saudi government has
vehemently denied this. 


Read more:
Trump accused of ‘cover-up’ after reportedly barring CIA director
Gina Haspel from briefing Senate on Khashoggi
killing

President Donald Trump has so far
stood by the crown prince
as he faces allegations of ordering
the hit on Khashoggi. Trump has consequently been accused of once
again undermining the US intelligence community, but he’s
remained steadfast in his support for the kingdom as he
emphasizes the purported economic benefits of the US-Saudi
partnership.

But other politicians in the US, including some of Trump’s fellow
Republicans,
are not on the same page
.

After a briefing on Khashoggi’s killing on Wednesday, Republican
Sen. Bob Corker —  chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee — told reporters, “I don’t think there’s anybody
in the room that doesn’t believe [Prince Mohammed] was
responsible for it.”



Read more:
Bernie Sanders slams US support for ‘despotic’ Saudi Arabia in
Yemen and bashes Trump over Khashoggi: ‘No more! Enough death.
Enough killing.’


The US Senate on Wednesday subsequently voted 63-37 to advance a
resolution to end support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. The
same resolution failed in the Senate back in March in a 55-44
vote, revealing how quickly feelings have shifted on the US-Saudi
relationship among members of Congress. 

‘The murderer is not welcome’

Earlier this week, Prince Mohammed faced mass protests in Tunisia
as he visited, marking a profound rebuke from the citizens of a
fellow Arab country. Protesters chanted “the murderer is
not welcome in Tunisia” and “shame on Tunisia’s rulers” for
allowing the crown prince into the country, NBC News
reported. 


MBS protest
Tunisians
protested against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as he
visited the country earlier this week, denouncing him over the
killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

Hassene
Dridi/AP


Meanwhile, a prosecutor in Argentina has agreed to a
request from Human Rights Watch to prosecute the crown prince for
crimes against humanity,

including mass civilian
casualties in Yemen and Khashoggi’s killing,


The Guardian reported
.

Several European nations — including Germany, Finland, and
Denmark — have all recently announced they would halt arms sales
to the Saudis. In justifying their respective decisions, Germany
and Denmark
specifically cited Khashoggi’s killing
, while Finland pointed
to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

Indeed, the crown prince now faces opposition in multiple corners
of the world, and growing resistance in Congress to the historic
US partnership with his country.   

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