Saudi King ‘will have Crown Prince REPLACED to restore the credibility of the monarchy’ after his disastrous handling of the Khashoggi murder

Thursday, October 25, 2018
By Paul Martin

Saudi Crown Prince is facing a battle to contain fallout over the Khashoggi killing
Journalist went missing after entering Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2
Donald Trump has said the kingdom’s de facto ruler may be behind the death
Colonel Brian Lees, Britain’s former defence attaché to Saudi Arabia, has said Saudi King Salman may look to replace his son to restore credibility of monarchy

25 October 2018

Saudi Arabia’s King could have his Crown Prince son replaced to restore the credibility of the monarchy amid turmoil over the Jamal Khashoggi murder, Britain’s former defence attaché to the kingdom has claimed.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has faced claims he may have been behind the death of the journalist who went missing after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Saudi Arabia first denied any role in Khashoggi’s disappearance before blaming his October 2 death on a botched attempt to return him to the kingdom.

As the Crown Prince battles to contain the fallout from the killing, Saudi prosecutors said today that the murder was pre-planned and suspects were being interrogated.

According to Colonel Brian Lees, once the UK’s defence attaché to Saudi Arabia and Yemen, the Crown Prince’s days as de facto ruler are numbered and his father, King Salman, may now look to replace him following his disastrous handling of the case.

Colonel Lees, author of A Handbook of the Al Sa’ud Ruling Family of Saudi Arabia, told Rudaw: ‘The Saudis will never admit that MbS (Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman) was culpable but this does not mean that he is in the clear. I believe that the king – assuming he is in one of his “clear” periods – will get rid of MbS by replacing him.

‘He cannot do so immediately, or even in the next few months, because that would look like bowing to foreign pressure. He may use the already established device of using the special advisory council within the family to appoint a successor. This would certainly restore the credibility of the monarchy.’

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