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I get the impression that MbS has rounded up the cousins who has had control over different armed branches of government, and placed them under his control. So the people best placed to do a palace coup are now arrested. In the short run MbS appears to have control. In the longer run, he is feeding opposition to his rule.

On second thought, the layer beneath the princes - say a group of ambitious colonels - could coup, but unless they install a prince they will have a legitimacy problem.

by fjallstrom on Mon Nov 13th, 2017 at 05:33:06 PM EST
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Seems hard to believe that you'd ever run out of Saudi princes. Especially of the 30th in line kind you can find at expensive foreign University.
by generic on Tue Nov 14th, 2017 at 01:47:53 PM EST
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