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Saudi Arabia’s ruling family are their own greatest threat

Succession has been passed to the third generation of the Al Saud monarchy—opening the door to reform, but also instability

By Charlie Askew  

King Salman (right) with US Secretary of State John Kerry in May

Earlier this week, Saudi Arabia executed its 100th prisoner so far this year – putting it on course for a record number just six months into the year. As in any country, the executions are as much political statement as they are punishment, and although it is difficult to pin down a reason for the rise, the actions of a new King and a conservative judiciary…

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