Royal clash concerns Amman's allies
The unusually public royal tensions in Jordan have exposed the country's weaknesses, much to the concern of its allies, who count on Jordan's stability for most of their operations in the region. [...]
The deputy crown prince of Saudi Arabia is the youngest defence minister in the world in a country where old age is the norm at the top. Surrounded by a younger guard, Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud has launched a number of reforms since his father, King Salman bin Abdulaziz came to power, articulated around the Vision 2030 programme. His influence on the regime’s apparatus is growing, which has caused a certain amount of jealousy on the part of his rivals, most notably the crown prince and interior minister Mohammed Bin Nayef.
Recent documents filed for court cases in Canada and the US by the Saudi authorities against the kingdom's former spymaster Saad Al Jabri reveal how the Saudi state entrusted its entire anticorruption probe to audit giant Deloitte. [...]