Saudi Arabia: King Abdullah’s Illness Ignites Conflict Among Royal Factions

EMerging Equity

By Middle East Monitor

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah.  Photo courtesy of Middle East Monitor. Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah. Photo courtesy of Middle East Monitor.

No one is more capable of understanding the Al Saud than the Al Saud themselves. There are some very specific and extremely weird traditions that govern the relations among the members of the royal family. When at ease, they master the art of “lying to each other” and in tough times they master the art of “exchanging indirect messages”. They are united by the apprehension for their common destiny and are disunited by their love for power in all its forms. This is the game of “specificity” that is played within a family in which the smooth transfer of power is an “exception”. The sickness of the king in the kingdom of silence is not an ordinary news story because it is the story of the long and complex power struggle among the main factions of…

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About Ahmed Islamov

I was born and raised in Uzbekistan and lived in that country for about two thirds of my life. I left the country about 14 years ago but sustained tight bonds with my family and friends living there. I know and communicate personally with hundreds of people including blue-, white- or pink-collar workers. I am naturally very attached to and concerned with everything that is going on there.
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