‘Game of Thrones’ Winner Emerges in Saudi Arabia
throne made of swords in a medieval fair

For many years now, the House of Saud has been renowned for its geriatric rulers.  King Fahd held the throne until his death in 2005 at the age of 84.  His successor, the former Crown Prince Abdullah, passed in January at the tender age of 90.  Now, with Saudi Arabia facing multiple challenges – a deep bear market for crude oil, its war against the Houthis in Yemen, and the never-ending menace of Wahhabi extremism – King Salman has decided to pass the torch to the next generation.  In a surprise shake-up this week, the King replaced his half-brother as crown prince and designated his nephew – the first grandson of Ibn Saud to hold that position.

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