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Saudi Arabia’s new crown prince promises reforms—to everything except politics

Mohammed bin Salman feels no pressure to reform his country's politica—but the opposition he faces won't be muted forever

By Jane Kinninmont  

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef Bin Abdelaziz Al Saud talks with his cousin Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Bin Abdelaziz. Photo: PA

Saudi Arabia’s new crown prince, the 31-year-old Mohammed bin Salman, presents himself as a moderniser. His supporters see him as bringing Saudi Arabia up to date with the needs and aspirations of its population, who are accustomed to being ruled by men in their 80s but are mostly under 30 themselves. His critics see him as inexperienced and reckless.

Whatever view is taken, MBS, as he is nicknamed,…

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