In With the Old in the New Saudi Arabia

King Salman has moved swiftly to build his new court. But are these new faces a breath of fresh air or reactionaries looking to take the country back in time?

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IYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, since ascending to the throne one month ago, has moved with uncustomary swiftness to demonstrate that his rule will be different from that of his predecessor. In doing so, he has raised concerns among some Saudis about the new kingdom’s new direction, particularly in his overtures to the Wahhabi religious establishment and the extensive powers invested in his young son.

“Usually, one king comes and one king goes and nothing changes,” said Khalid M. al-Khudair, chairman of the board of Al Yamamah University. “But this time it’s different.”To see the Details click here

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