Saudi King May Relinquish Throne To Crown Prince Within 48 Hours: Reports

Tyler Durden's picture

Multiple reports and rumors currently abound that the ailing king Salman could elevate his son Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the throne at any moment (or rather, it looks like bin Salman is set to seize the throne) after a shocking week of events following the so-called "corruption purge" that left the kingdom in a rare moment of internal political chaos and which further sent geopolitical shock waves through the region, most especially in Lebanon

Though a transfer of power to the crown prince has long been predicted and expected, especially after a lesser known round of mass arrests targeting well-known Saudi clerics took place in September, this week's events point to a final "house cleaning" purge in preparation for bin Salman's likely imminent ascent.

After the September arrests against clerics who were largely seen as regime insiders, yet who were mildly critical of the new aggressive stance against Qatar, the WSJ quoted an adviser to the Saudi government as saying, “Mohammed bin Salman is definitely preparing to become king. He wants to tackle the internal debate about him becoming the king and focus on consolidating his power, rather than doing that while being distracted by dissidents.”

During the September crackdown, which is currently receiving little commentary in relation to last weekend's turmoil, over 30 prominent political figures were detained, most of them clerics with large social media followings and broad influence in the Arab world. The WSJ further noted at that time that...

The government has denied an abdication is planned, but several people close to the royal family say preparations have already started. The transfer of power, which several people close to the royal family had expected to occur this month, is likely to take place late this year or early next year, these people say.

At that time, one of the few commentators to rightly point out that this was not fundamentally about rounding up "outsiders" and "oppositionists" was Middle East history professor and expert on Saudi affairs, As'ad AbuKhalil. He predicted the crackdown was part of a broader campaign aimed at regime insiders and prominent voices who threatened push-back against the crown prince's vision for Saudi foreign policy:

Unlike what some in the media are writing on social media, this crackdown is not directed against dissidents.  Many of those arrested are loyal propagandists for the Saudi regime.  They are being punished not for what they say but for what they are not saying: they are being punished for not being vocal against Qatar and against the Muslim Brotherhood.

Indeed, this week's internal Saudi earthquake which has witness two deaths of prominent princes and the detention of about a dozen other princes, as well as the freezing in billions in assets, further confirms AbuKhalil's analysis. 

And AbuKhalil, who authored a book which examined internal Saudi regime fault lines called The Battle for Saudi Arabia: Royalty, Fundamentalism, and Global Power, has just made another prediction based on his extensive contacts within Saudi Arabia. Last night he said bin Salman will declare himself king in less than 2 days:

I am hearing that he will be declaring himself king in the next 36 hours and that recent arrests paved the way.

The photo released by the Saudi Royal Palace shows King Salman (R) being welcomed by his son Crown Mohammed bin Salman (L) at Jeddah airport upon his return from holiday in Morocco on August 23, 2017.

Meanwhile, it appears that Saudi state-owned Al-Arabiya news may have tipped its hand early through a mistaken post to its official Twitter account. According to Iran's PressTV:

A Saudi-owned television news channel has retracted a message on Twitter that had said Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman would be appointed as the king during a planned ceremony.


Al-Arabiya state television, on its Twitter account, said on Wednesday that it would soon release or broadcast further details about the scheduled ceremony.


However, the channel deleted the tweet hours later.


The regime in Riyadh is apparently seeking to examine public reaction regarding a surprise shift in power. 


In early September, the Arabic-language al-Manar daily reported that bin Salman had formed a team of aides to prepare the kingdom for celebrating his succession to power as the new king.

And here is the now deleted Al-Arabiya tweet which PressTV says prematurely revealed details of the ascension ceremony:

In the next 48 hours we could have a new king in Saudi Arabia.

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JoeTurner's picture

al Qaeda/ISIS is disappointed

wisehiney's picture
Let me tell you about Ahab the Arab The sheik of the burning sand
He had emeralds and rubies just drippin' off 'a him
And a ring on every finger of his hand He wore a big ol' turban wrapped around his head
And a scimitar by his side
And, every evenin', about midnight
He'd jump on his camel named Clyde, and ride Silently through the night to the sultan's tent where he
Would secretly meet up with Fatima of the Seven Veils,
Swingingest grade "A" number one US choice dancer in
The sultan's whole harem, 'cause, heh, him and her had A thing goin', you know, and they'd been carryin' on
For some time now behind the sultan's back and you
Could hear him talk to his camel as he rode out across the
Dunes, his voice would cut through the still night desert............. (Thanks, Ray Stevens)
Falconsixone's picture

run away saul'z man

Harry Lightning's picture

Never has a King assumed the throne of the House of Saud with as many enemies as this heir apparent. He had better have loyal security guards because there are many knives being sharpened to feast on his hoped for carcass.

BarkingCat's picture

It's because him and his father are usurping the power that does not belong to him. Additionally he's making some changes that are quite "progressive". 

RedDwarf's picture

While this is purge of anyone who is not an active supporter and asset seizure is disruptive in the short term, actually I think this is a very wise choice in the middle and long run.  This will guarantee that the new king has the respect and fear of the remaining psychopaths and populace to rule them effectively.  It's a huge gamble though.

Falconsixone's picture

Except they're about to get rubled by Lebanon unless they cross their good friend Israel who is getting them to ruble Lebanon on their behalf. Am I the only King that can see

Should be cool when The Prince King Billion Camels dumps a load of bombs on Israel.

hee! haw!


Better worry a little more conniving jews.....

Theta_Burn's picture

A Habib style drive-by taking out the boy wonder and a few of his chosen henchmen would really fuck things up.

This guy rolls in and steals 100's of billions just like that?

You'd think a few servants of the defrocked princes would have some kind of loyalty..

The only prince worth his salt went out in a hail of bullets.


East Indian's picture

You'd think a few servants of the defrocked princes would have some kind of loyalty..


These Saudi princes could not even gain the loyalty of a dog. Such is the way they treat everyone. 

Anunnaki's picture

Never get close enough. It would have to be either:

1. Chauffeur

2. Cook

3. Nanny

4. 12 year old butt boy

Mr. Pain's picture

Might be a psychopath....

VWAndy's picture

 All hail king Bibi.

JoseyWalesTheOutlaw's picture

Looks like they may have to remodel/inlarge the SA Ritz-Carloton...


Puttin on the Ritz


If you're blue and you don't know
where to go to why don't you go
where fashion sits
Puttin' on the Ritz
Different types who wear a day
coat pants with stripes and cutaway
coat perfect fits
Puttin' on the Ritz

moorewasthebestbond's picture

A coup by any other still a coup.


I thought the US didn't sell arms to or do business with banana republics.

Le_Zabroso's picture

This would fall under the counter-coup/purge category, look up the difference Skippy.

medium giraffe's picture

"When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die."

Youri Carma's picture

Might make things a little bit more clear:

RECAP: A coup in the House of Saud?
July 20, 2017 by Pepe Escobar

RealityCheque's picture

The Crown Prince was in Vegas, in the same hotel as Paddock on the night of the shooting.

Best summary I've come across so far:

I Write Code's picture

All them King Salman look alike to me.  Just get me a bagel and cream cheese to go with.  Mo Salman, pls.

Is this what you call a Salman ladder?

FBaggins's picture

Some interesting perspective from ZH

Breaking News of Saudi Crown Prince's "Secret" Visit To Israel Brings Embassy Scramble


Clearly the war in Syria and the international push for regime change against Assad has created strange alliances in the Middle East over the past few years. Among the strangest bedfellows are the Israelis and Saudis. It's no secret that common cause in Syria of late has led the historic bitter enemies down a pragmatic path of unspoken cooperation as both seem to have placed the break up of the so-called "Shia crescent" as their primary policy goal in the region. But that's perhaps why few pundits seemed overly shocked when Israeli media late last week began reporting that a Saudi prince made a secret visit to Israel, in spite of the fact that the kingdom does not recognize the Jewish state, and the two sides do not have diplomatic relations.


Last Wednesday (9/6) Israel's state funded Kol Yisrael radio service made cryptic reference to the "secret" yet historic visit while withholding names and specifics. "An emir of the Saudi royal court visited the country secretly in recent days and discussed with senior Israeli officials the idea of advancing regional peace," the station reported. It added further that, "Both the Prime Minister's Office and the Foreign Ministry refused to comment on the issue."

Falconsixone's picture

They spelled piece wrong.

Le_Zabroso's picture

I know the cynics here think this is all about asset forfeiture, but that is the same of type of thinking that told you $800 was about as high bitcoin would ever get. That is--limited MSM driven materialist skepticism 

"everything must be reduced to its simplest form because everything has a simple explanation". I have news for you assholes, life is complicated, with complicated explanations.

JibjeResearch's picture

Things will turn out ok when a Young snowflake runs the show lolz ehehehehhe

Anunnaki's picture

They seized $800 billion to pay Israel to destroy Lebanon

Fireman's picture

You forgot that the Hezbollah boys kicked some serious fat zionist ass in 2006. Since then the Hezbollah boys have only honed their skills whacking the khasarian slash Al CIAduh  liver eaters in Syria.

Anunnaki's picture

This may not turn out the way MBS thinks. The purge hit the Army command hard. We might be seeing a mid level officer's coup a la King Faruk in Egypt that brought Nasser to power

Spectre's picture

Im in hopes the entire middle east explodes.  Tired of hearing all of their religious/oil/territory problems.  Fuck them all.

Brazen Heist's picture

You're hearing about that because your elites are poking their hands there all too often.

Have you ever asked how sick and tired Middle Easten people are of getting bombed and meddled with by the West?

Fireman's picture

King Salamander, all powerful ruler of the fecal filled feudal crypt of Saud...the poor misfortunate bastard doesn't even know how screwed he is.


Onward to the camel races!

Brit war mongering bastards making a killing in the ongoing slaughter in Yemen.

shankster's picture

Wonderful family photo.

user2011's picture

Somehow I envision the death of Saudi King is like the death of jarba in Star war.

shankster's picture

Here's an idea. Let's bring all the troops home and close down the shop on the Industrial Military Complex.

user2011's picture

Somehow I envision the death of Saudi King is like the death of jarba in Star war.

ThinkAgain's picture

I hope the new guy willl make serious efforts of greening the deserts by seawater ad salt loving crops.


It will boost SA's economic performance and food independance.