Saudi Arabia arrests princes, ministers in sweeping purge

RIYADH (AFP) – Saudi Arabia arrested 11 princes, including a prominent billionaire, and dozens of current and former ministers, reports said, in a sweeping crackdown as the kingdom’s young crown prince consolidates power.

Separately, the head of the Saudi National Guard, once a leading contender to the throne, as well as the navy chief and the economy minister were replaced in a series of high-profile sackings that sent shock waves in the kingdom.

The development came just hours after a new anti-corruption commission, headed by powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was established by royal decree late Saturday.

Hillary, Hollywood, Saudi Arabia… an unseen hand at work?

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  • BeukendaalMason

    Or the “Unseen Hand” is being stopped….

  • Maurice Miner

    Of course, it’s possible that they have all watched Game of Thrones, and are just preparing things…

  • Frances

    Is this perchance his preemptive strike against ISIS? That entity openly accused the Saudis of corruption, etc., and it is suspected many young Saudis – particularly those not of royal blood – agree. MBS may just be trying to clean up things enough that a civil war does not erupt within the kingdom.

  • ntt1

    arrest them all it won’t change the fact that they are a band of perfumed goat fuckers.

    • Starlord

      That is winning! Wow

  • Watchman

    It’s not exactly a general ‘anti-corruption’ commission, it’s more of an ‘Anti-Your-Corruption-So-That-My-Corruption-Is-Unimpeded Commission’. The Christian ethics and morality and loyalty to the state is not universal, and most poorly performing cultures are poorly performing due to their continued devotion to loyalty to family and clan and this essentially means nepotism rules everywhere but the West.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Yes, there is a God of Justice. Sometimes, He is slow to act and sometimes His actions are not readily discernible, but in the end, wrongdoing receives its reckoning.

  • lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)

    The billionaire is the biggest owner of Twitter.

  • DMB

    Saudi Arabia has over 1,000 members of Saudi royalty. Saudi Arabia is managed like a criminal organization (which it is) and like any other criminal organization there are power struggles and eventually action is taken by who ever has greater power to maintain it.