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The Saudi succession: When kings and princes grow old | The Economist, July 15, 2010
he size of the ruling al-Saud family (at least 5,000 hold princely rank), and the accumulated privileges of its leading princes are such that kings must take care to balance rival interests. They must also accommodate Wahhabist clerics who expect rewards for sanctioning absolute monarchy, technocrats who actually manage the country and even, sometimes, those of their subjects who grow restive, and demand a voice beyond presenting personal petitions at royal receptions.

In the past five years alone, new government programmes have sent close to 200,000 Saudi students overseas, more than were sent in the previous 20 years.

Understandably, a growing number of Saudis resent having no say in such matters. On internet chat sites, in private salons and in the occasional open petition, they call not for the overthrow of the al-Sauds, but only for the transformation of the kingdom into a constitutional monarchy.
PrinceNayef  Saudi-Arabia  monarchy  politics  succession  internal_struggle 
july 2010 by elizrael

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