Saudi leaker: Royals considering king replacement

TEHRAN (FNA)- Saudi King Abdullah’s illness has left the royal family members trying to bold some figures while the possibility of an uprising against the ruling system is getting more serious than ever, a Saudi political activist said.

Saudi political activist Mujtahidd wrote in his Twitter page that Saudi king Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz has postponed his return to the capital, Riyadh, due to his health problems which apparently have not shown any signs of getting better.

The King didn’t even make it to the funeral of his brother Prince Musaed Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who passed away on Monday, he wrote, Al-Alam reported.

Mujtahidd said that according to his findings, King’s son, Mutaib bin Abdullah, is being prepared for a “worse condition” and some of the officials are trying to show the public that he is endorsed by King Abdullah.

Khalid al-Tuwaijri, son of the late Abdulaziz al-Tuwaijri, one of Abdullah’s closest associates is one of Mutaib’s main supporters.

On the other hand, the royal family is also wary of possible protests in the kingdom, especially after Saudi Arabia’s strong support for the ouster of Egyptian president Mohammed Mursi who was removed by the army on July 3.

Saudi prince Khaled bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was the most recent member of the royal family who criticized his country’s full support for the Egyptian army in removal of Mursi and warning that agreeing to Mursi’s ouster can be observed as a license to those who are planning for removal of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.

Mujtahidd also wrote about Khalid bin Talal’s comments and considered them as a sign that showed concerns are rising in the royal family.

Following removal of Mursi by the army in July 3 and the widespread protests that destabilized Egypt to this day, Saudi King Abdullah called on Arabs to stand together against “attempts to destabilize” Egypt, in a strong message of support for the country’s military leadership read out on Saudi television on Friday.

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, its people and government stood and stands by today with its brothers in Egypt against terrorism,” he claimed.

“I call on the honest men of Egypt and the Arab and Muslim nations … to stand as one man and with one heart in the face of attempts to destabilize a country that is at the forefront of Arab and Muslim history,” he added.

Saudi Arabia was a close ally of former president Hosni Mubarak and has historically had a difficult relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood.

It pledged $5bln in aid to Egypt after Mursi was ousted.

Most Arab leaders tacitly support Egypt’s deadly crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, fearing the group’s growing regional influence since the Islamic Awakening threatens their own power, analyst say.

By Fars News Agency


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