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In detail .. Plan "bin Salman" to take over the "throne of Saudi Arabia" in 2018
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The Guardian correspondent Martin Schulof wrote about Saudi Arabia's crackdown on a number of Saudi preachers and activists, some of whom have millions of followers on social media.
"The Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, launched a massive crackdown on dissidents and targeted political preachers, critics and rivals as he moves to strengthen his new position amidst a confrontation with Qatar," said Schulof.
According to the report, the campaign led to the imprisonment of about 10 prominent preachers, the largest arrest in the history of the Kingdom of the near.
The campaign comes after a failed attempt to resolve the three-month-old standoff between Riyadh and its allies and the small emirate of Qatar, which has refused to respond to demands to sever ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran, seen by the Saudis and their allies as subversive forces.
The writer pointed out that the repression comes amid speculation that Prince Salman bin himself to assume the throne at the beginning of next year, according to what some expect, which was denied by the Royal Court strongly, referring to the confirmation of close to the Authority that plans were to transfer power, but based on Conditions laid down by the father of Crown Prince Salman.
According to the report, the arrest of the preachers is a shift in the way Saudi Arabia treats known opponents after a Saudi campaign in June against Qatar, where it imposed an air, land and sea blockade on the neighboring country of Qatar with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt. Doha refused to respond to them, pointing out that the crown prince isolated Prince Mohammed bin Nayef is still in compulsory custody, in addition to the eminent principals were prevented from traveling.
The newspaper said they were aware of the Saudi issue, saying that the crackdown aimed to neutralize influential preachers, who the Royal Court believes they have committed to silence, and did not support the campaign against Qatar, which revealed, as analysts say, limited Saudi power, rather than show strength.
"This repression is mainly seen through the lens of Qatar," he said, adding: "But it is an attempt to erase any potential competition base in the home front to rise to first place. There is still concern from anyone associated with Mohammed bin Nayef or Old guard ". The report notes that the official religious establishment and the media in support of the arrests, and accused the media of the preachers in relation to the Muslim Brotherhood. The General Intelligence said that the detainees had links with "external forces."
Among the detainees is a well-known poet, university professor and well-known businessman. However, the focus is on Salman al-Awda, Awad al-Qarni and Ali al-Amri, each with a base of influence in Saudi Arabia. Salman has more than 14 million followers on Twitter.
"It is a risk to arrest these people in this way, but the 32-year-old crown prince has the authority to do what he wants," the senior official told the paper. "He wants full loyalty. He will get rid of anyone who thinks he did not. Give him this loyalty. "
The old king has given his son wide authority to turn the Kingdom's dependence on oil and change society, pointing out that at the heart of his efforts to sell shares of Aramco, where economic analysts say emergency plans were put to postpone the registration of shares in the financial markets.
The report finds that if this is true, it is a setback for the Amir's efforts, pointing out that he has not achieved results from the confrontation with Qatar and the war in Yemen. The Guardian concludes its report by referring to another official saying: "The Crown Prince wants to achieve something. He will be seen as a weak person in front of his rivals. This is what he does not want. "People close to him say that it is time for him to take the first position. The king does not want to be harassed, so he is doing something to strengthen his power, but he risks expanding more than he can."