Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Bahrain holds elections with ban on opposition groups

Bahrainis voted on Saturday in a parliamentary election from which opposition groups have been barred, amid a crackdown on dissent in the small Sunni-led, Western-allied kingdom, reporters Reuters. Activists had called for a boycott of the vote, describing it as a “farce”. The government said the election is “democratic” and[…]

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Saudi women scholars call out prince’s reform agenda

Leading female scholars from Saudi Arabia have described moves to ease restrictions on women as government spin aimed at an international audience to bolster support for efforts to liberalise its ailing economy. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is seeking to appeal to western governments as a reformist while cracking[…]

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How Saudi Arabia trapped itself in Yemen

When Operation Decisive Storm was launched in March 2015, the young Saudi defence minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman promised all those he summoned to participate in the operation that it would be quick and surgical.Indeed, it was “surgical”, targeting the Houthis and their weapons stores with great skill at first,[…]

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Saudi bikini resort sparks online criticism

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has proposed plans for a new luxury Red Sea resort in which special laws will allow women to wear bikinis as opposed to the usual strict dress requirements imposed by the Kingdom. Social media users were quick to criticise the decision, claiming that[…]

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Saudi Arabia unveils economic reforms plan

Saudi Arabia’s cabinet has agreed a broad-based economic reform plan, known as Vision 2030, revealing how the oil-reliant state plans to diversify its economy over the next 14 years. Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Monday that the country was building up the its Public Investment Fund to become a[…]

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