Saudi Arabia’s Royal Family Is Stirring Up The Middle East

Saudi Arabia is a bit of a mixed bag in the way that they conduct themselves on the world stage. On one hand, they’re allies with most of the western countries and have shown that they can be a credible ally. On the other hand, they have participated in some human rights violations that are incredibly archaic for the 21st century.

With their new Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman at the helm, there has been much progress made for women in Saudi Arabia. There’s also a princess who is speaking around the world about women’s rights and is making a difference. This article outlines the good, the bad, and the ugly about what’s going on in Saudi Arabia right now.

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Cut Out The Bureaucracy

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Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

In 2015, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud succeeded as king after his half-brother died of pneumonia at age 90. When he got into power, he reshuffled his cabinet and decided to streamline the government bureaucracy.

When his half-brother was in power, there were 11 government secretariats, and all of these were abolished and reconstituted into only two. He’s also the one who appointed Mohammad bin Salman as the crown prince in 2017. Mohammad bin Salman has been described as the “power behind the throne.”