ugg clearance The man in charge of the ‘most dangerous man in the world’
When he came to the throne exactlya year ago, King Salman of Saudi Arabia was expected to continue to provide the relativestability which characterised the rule of his half brother, King Abdullah.
Instead, the reign ofSalman bin Abdulaziz al Saud, 80,has been marked by warsin Yemen and Syria, an ongoingfeudwith Iranand mass executions
King Salman was quick to shock the old order and appoint his favourite son, Prince Mohammed bin Salman acontroversial figure who has been described as”the most dangerous man in the world” as both defence minister and deputy crown prince when he was 29.
Since then, the father and son’s power has dramatically increased as havethecriticisms of the human rights abuses they preside over. Thousands of workers were returned to Somalia and other states where they were at risk of human rights abuses, with large numbers also returned to Yemen,
in order to open more jobs to Saudi Arabians. Many migrants reported that prior to their deportation they had been packed into overcrowded makeshift detention facilities where they received little food and water and were abused by guards.
When the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al Assad began in 2011, Saudi Arabia made it clear they backed the rebels and wanted the removal of President Assad.
In December, Saudi Arabia held a meeting in an attempt to unite the disparate opposition groups in Syria. Many political and rebel factions in Syria agreed a common negotiating position for talks which could lead to the replacement of President Assad.
The Gulf state is also discussing sending special forces to Syria as part of US led efforts to fight Isis.
Following the ransacking, Saudi Arabia immediately broke all diplomatic, trade and travel ties with Iran, leading to escalating tensions between the two Middle East powers.
While Saudi Arabia is backing the ousted Sunni led government in Yemen, Iran backs the Shia Houthi rebels.
The future of the Saudi throne
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef of Saudi Arabia meets with Barack Obama at the White House on 13 May, 2015
Eight of the 12 surviving sons of Saudi Arabia’s founding monarch support a move to oust King Salman and replace him with his 73 year old brother, according to a dissident prince.
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