One Man Down

Andrew Hammond:

Abdullah needs to make sure he keeps the key grandsons happy to reduce the possibilities of internecine strife among them reaching dangerously public proportions. He needs to do this while making sure to advance subtlely the interests of his favourites in any future plan he may have: his recent appointment of Prince Mugrin as second deputy prime minister was a surprise but prepares the ground for a grandson to follow since Mugrin is the youngest of the surviving sons of Abdulaziz, and some surmise that the grandson he has in mind to follow is his very own Mut’ib. Such a move towards a normative monarchical system could only be achieved with the utmost political skill and care and could risk provoking the very infighting he fears.