Re: Two Aides Of Prince Hamzah Convicted Of Sedition
Posted by JohnW on July 15, 2021, 2:14 am, in reply to "Re: Two Aides Of Prince Hamzah Convicted Of Sedition"
Yes, Karen. I agree with most of what you say, with some qualifications. My original point, simply, however, was that Abdullah has publicly proclaimed his rapprochement with Hamza who, while still under some constraint, is not being prosecuted. That should be a source of relief for both Hamza and his mother. That the King allowed the prosecution of such senior establishment figures as Sharif Hassan bin Zaid and Bassem Awadallah demonstrates precisely his leniency towards his brother who, let us not forget, plotted with that great bastion of liberal reform, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and Jared Kushner to overthrow him. |
Although corruption has become worse during the past decade, its extent is being overstated as is the purported unpopularity of the King and Queen. My understanding is that they retain support among the modernists (Palestinians) but have lost popularity among the Bedu who have traditionally been the bedrock of the monarchy. Whether that loss of popularity amounts to a longer term loss of support (following the removal from the scene of Hamzah) remains to be seen.
And for the Saudis or, for that matter, the Trump administration for criticise anyone for corruption and nepotism is a bit rich.
I would be interested to know where the loyalties of the King's other siblings, his uncle and cousins lie. Various member of the extended Hashemite family are very active publicly and their sympathies will no doubt have to be calculated in the longer term, if the King is to stabilise his position.