Riyadh – Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud has completed 100 days into his reign as a King of Saudi Arabia who owns the responsibility to kill more than 1500 people in the Saudi aggression on Yemen.
King Salman acceded to the throne on 23 January 2015 on the death of his half-brother, King Abdullah. During this limited time, his wrong policies and nepotism created tensions in the relationship in the royal family. Many Wahhabis now view the royals with some disdain, seeing them as corrupted and secularised rulers with too close a relationship to the West.
In the Middle East politics, king Salam has divided the Muslim world into two segments on the sectarian basis. Under his power, Saudi officials paid visits to Pakistan, and tried to create sectarian rift in Pakistan just to get help from the Pak-Army in Yemen.
According to BBC, “just 100 days into his reign Saudi Arabia’s new king has already launched air strikes in Yemen, promoted some conservatives, given away an estimated $32bn (£21bn) to his people and set his son on the path to the throne.
King Salman’s decisive start, including the major cabinet reshuffle – which named his nephew, the powerful Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, as crown prince, and his son, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as deputy crown prince – marks a clear break with the deliberate caution of his predecessor, King Abdullah. At the other end of the political spectrum, the liberals are also on the back foot. Having seen what the Arab Spring brought to Syria, Libya and Egypt, pro-democracy Saudis have concluded that what they see as corrupt, unaccountable royal rule is better than what might follow its collapse. The Al-Saud dynasty holds a monopoly of power – political parties are banned and the opposition is organised from abroad; militant Islamists have launched several deadly attacks
It is pertinent to mention here that outspoken Saudi Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has strongly criticized the recent reshuffle announced by King Salman, arguing that the measure runs contrary to the principles of the oil-rich kingdom.
The 60-year-old Saudi prince termed the decision as “impulsive,” demanding a meeting to exchange viewpoints over the issue. He said, “I call for a general meeting that includes the sons of Abdulaziz (the founder of the Saudi kingdom) along with some of his grandsons, who are provided by the Allegiance Council. I previously said… No obedience… No allegiance to those who broke the laws.”