Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman faces succession threat after speculations of the killing of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
There have been speculations that the crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has ordered the killing of the Washington Columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Just three days ago, US intelligence officials claimed the crown prince ordered the killing of the journalist, this has placed a lot of pressure on the crown prince MBS, the Kingdom and sparked criticism and questioning around the globe.
Based on reports, from a source to Reuters news agency, said the members of Saudi Arabia’s ruling family are agitating to prevent Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) from becoming king after the international uproar over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Mohammed bin Salman who is the direct heir to the crown has faced criticism, even from the royal kingdom, family members from powerful branches of the Al Saud family want to see a change in the line of succession, but will not act while king Salman- the crown prince’s 82- year-old father is still alive, a source reported.
The source also added that they recognise the king is unlikely to turn against his favourite son. Senior US officials, have indicated to Saudi advisers in recent weeks that they would support Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz- who was deputy interior minister for nearly 40 years- as possible successor to the crown.
The 76-year-old, only surviving brother to King Salman, may be put forward has the next King, after the king’s death, also talks with other family members to support Prince Ahmed as the successor of the king, a source reported.