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Saudi king chooses for the young (and even female) blood

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Comings and goings in the military and political establishment of Saudi Arabia. King Salman and his crown prince to choose a new, young entourage. One of them was a woman.

More than half of the Saudi population is younger than 25 years (for comparison, in Belgium, is that 28 percent). That you would not say if the political establishment of the country sees. But there …

More than half of the Saudi population is younger than 25 years (for comparison, in Belgium, is that 28 percent). That you would not say if the political establishment of the country sees. But that has now changed.

King Salman bin Abdul Aziz (82) has an important new benoemingsronde made. He replaced military commanders and the ministers of a number of key ministries. According to the Saudi state television went mainly to the naming of ” new, young blood’. At least forty senior executives are replaced.

The war doesn’t work

A lot has to do with the war that Saudi Arabia, in Yemen. In that poorest country on the Arabian peninsula are already more than ten thousand people have died. Saudi Arabia supports the government against the Houthi rebels, but the conflict is in a stalemate. For none of the two coalitions is the victory in sight. Now the Saudi king is not only the chief of staff of the army to replace, but also the command of the ground – and luchttroepen.

‘And yet that benoemingsgolf not only a response to the war in Yemen, ” said Becca Wasser of the think tank on global security, Rand Corp against the news agency AP. Many analysts believe that the young crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (32) a new generation to the center of power, wants to maneuver.

Saudi Macron

The benoemingsgolf the final takeover of power by the crown prince Bin Salman easier. So were a number of cousins of King Salman (descendants of his three brothers) was appointed on important gouverneursposten. That would be the slumbering discontent have to temper of family members that have passed felt since Bin Salman is clearly taking place as the future ruler of the oliestaat.

And with the appointment of a woman – the second since 2009 – the royal family also sent a clear message of modernisation. Tamadur bint Youssef al-Ramah, deputy minister of Labour. She studied in the United Kingdom and would be a doctorate in the medical sciences have achieved. Until recently, there were a lot of thresholds for (highly educated) Saudi women who wanted to work. But in the context of his ambitious economic reform, ‘Strategy 2030’, the crown prince, the number of working women increase 23 percent to 30 percent.

Since Bin Salman behind-the-scenes warmloopt for the kingship rolls there is a clear hervormingsgolf by Saudi Arabia. Women are now allowed to independently drive a car and sports stadiums to visit. In addition, he has an energetic campaign against corruption and he wants the country to a new economic flair. He could be the Emmanuel Macron of Saudi Arabia, wrote Muddassar Ahmed in The Independent. “He would love to take risk and have no trouble with the seismic changes, which are generation typifies.’

Yet Bin Salman is not necessarily a supporter of a more democratic model. “It is now much more of a eenpersoonsregime than in the past, when decisions with more consensus were taken,” says James Dorsey, a political scientist in Singapore, against the television station Al Jazeera.

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