Saudi Arabia

Saudi intrigues

Print edition : December 08, 2017

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Photo: FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP

Prince Miteb, son of the former King Abdullah, is among those arrested in the recent purge. Photo: Philippe Wojazer/REUTERS

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal (right), said to be one of the world’s 10 richest men, who had criticised Donald Trump during the U.S. presidential election, was also arrested. Photo: AMER HILAB/AFP

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who recently announced his resignation on official Saudi television, here in a live interview from Riyadh on November 12. He said that he was not under house arrest in Saudi Arabia and intended to return to Lebanon soon. Photo: AP

Supporters of Hariri hold up placards seeking his return, on the starting line of Beirut’s annual marathon, an event in which Hariri was a regular participant. President Michel Aoun urged participants to use the run to demand Hariri’s return. Photo: ANWAR AMRO/AFP

Lebanese President Michel Aoun. He has rejected Hariri’s resignation. Photo: MOHAMED AZAKIR/REUTERS

The purge of the Saudi royal family, camouflaged as an anti-corruption drive, has torn apart its erstwhile unity, while the forced resignation of the Lebanese Prime Minister has reinforced the battle lines in the volatile neighbourhood.
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