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King Salman reportedly tightening grip on Crown Prince

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Prince Mohammed bin Salman of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in the
Oval Office at the White House, March 14, 2017 in Washington,
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  • King Salman of Saudi Arabia is reportedly tightening his grip
    on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s power as an uncomfortable
    spotlight falls on the kingdom over Jamal Khashoggi’s mysterious
    disappearance. 
  • The king was apparently in the dark about the case at first,
    but the crown prince eventually asked him to step in. 
  • The king is reportedly “asserting himself” over the crown
    prince, who is suspected of orchestrating Khashoggi’s
    disappearance.

King Salman of Saudi Arabia is reportedly tightening his grip on

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s
power as an uncomfortable
spotlight falls on the kingdom over journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s
mysterious disappearance. 

Sources close to the royal court
told Reuters
the king was initially in the dark about the
case, which was apparently due in part to efforts from the crown
prince to shield him from the news. 

But as the condemnation of Saudi Arabia spiraled into a foreign
policy crisis, the crown prince reportedly asked his aging father
to step in and take the lead. Now, the king is reportedly
asserting himself” over the crown prince as he works to
put out the fire. 

The 33-year old crown prince was already a controversial figure
before this crisis due to his dubious means of consolidating
power. At first, he painted himself as a modernizer and reformer,
but that image quickly faded as he’s arrested fellow princes and
prominent businessmen. He’s worked vigilantly to
crackdown on dissent

Amid the Khashoggi crisis, there have been widespread calls for
King Salman to rethink his son’s immense influence in Saudi
Arabia and position as heir to the throne. 

“Even if he is his favorite son, the king needs to have a
comprehensive view for his survival and the survival of the royal
family,” a source close to the royal family told
Reuters. 

Relatedly, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham recently
described bin Salman as “toxic”
and said he’s “gotta
go.” 

“This guy is a wrecking ball, he had this guy murdered in a
consulate in Turkey, and to expect me to ignore it, I feel used
and abused,” Graham said in a Tuesday appearance on “Fox &
Friends.”

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist, went missing after entering the
Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. The Saudis have denied
allegations of killing Khashoggi, but after over two weeks still
haven’t provided any proof he safely departed the
consulate. 

The crown prince, referred to colloquially as MBS, is
suspected of orchestrating Khashoggi’s disappearance

Khashoggi had left Saudi Arabia in the past year over fears for
his safety, after the royal court barred him from writing. He
became a US resident and wrote columns for The Washington
Post. 

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