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10 Ten Things To know About Mohamed Bin Salman, The Saudi Crown Prince.

This article carefully looks at the situation and the style of travel of the long-awaited prince since he was given more power.

1. A Reformer Prince

Appointed heir to the throne in June 2017, Mohamed Ben Salmane very quickly announced a series of reforms: right for women to drive, opening of cinemas, concerts… He also indicated that he wanted to put an end to religious rigor.

 2. Its vision 2030

 At the heart of his reformism, the prince presented his "Vision 2030", a development plan for the post-oil era. An ambitious program of social, but also political and economic reforms. MBS focuses in particular on women and the development of tourism.

3. Anti-corruption purge

To consolidate his power, the successor to the throne did not hesitate to carry out an unprecedented anti-corruption purge. Last year November, he imprisoned more than 200 princes, ministers and businessmen, including a dozen at the Ritz for corruption. Their embezzlement would amount to more than 80 billion euros.

 4. Warrior prince

Since coming to power, MBS has pursued an aggressive regional policy. The kingdom has been involved for more than three years, at the head of an Arab coalition, in the war in Yemen. Saudi Arabia is also involved in Syria and Iraq.

 5. Weapons purchasing champion

During Trump administration as president of United States, MBS, Minister of Defense, purchased more than $ 1 billion of weapons.  

 NGOs denounce these contracts as Saudi Arabia continues to wage a violent war in Yemen. According to a report delivered at the end of February 2018, the UN counted 15,467 civilian casualties in Yemen, including 5,974 dead and 9,493 injured.

 6. Pro-Israel

The Saudi heir seems to be drawing closer to another enemy of Iran: Israel. After allowing Air Israel to fly over the kingdom, the prince said in an interview with The Atlantic that Israel was "entitled" to the land.

 7.He cumulates the mandates

With a law degree in his pocket, Mohamed Ben Salman first occupied the post of special advisor to the king, before cumulating the positions of Minister of Defense, President of the Economic and Development Council and Deputy Prime Minister of Arabia. A rise that can be explained by the fact that he is the king's favorite son.

 8. Surrounded by young technocrats

 After ousting influential princes and businessmen from power, the crown prince has formed an entourage of young princes and technocrats trained in the United States and committed to his cause.

 9.Wealthy owner

According to the New York Times, the Saudi prince would be happy to be the owner of the "Louis XIV" castle in Louveciennes (in Yvelines, west of Paris). This mini-Versailles would be the most expensive house in the world, at more than 275 million euros. MBS is also said to be the owner of Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi", bought at auction for 382 million euros.

10.He wants women to drive cars.

The prince-in-waiting was one of the few warriors on the ground like Sadiya who followed the religious path and saw it was time to give her the right to drive.

Saudi Arabia is the last country in the world where women do not have the right to drive, but a change was bought in June 2018, when the ban was rifted. 

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