Fight Over the SUCCESSION in Saudi Arabia? – VisualPolitik EN

Fight Over the SUCCESSION in Saudi Arabia? – VisualPolitik EN

We told you in a previous video about how
Saudi Arabia wants to leave behind, once and for all, its addiction to oil, and become
a nation similar to Dubai or Abu Dhabi. In this video, we’re going to look at this
country in more depth in order to get an idea of how this mission to get free from oil is
going. The thing is there is a specific name, a leader
behind this ambitious plan. Do you know who this person is? Well, for those of you who don’t, the person
who is turning everything upside down is Mohamed Bin Salman.  
But a name alone doesn’t explain much, so now you might be wondering: Who is this man
really? What are his intentions? And what exactly is he trying to do? Well, these are the questions we are going
to be answering in today’s Visual Politik video… So let’s get going shall we? THE PRINCE OF CHANGE He might be only a little more than 30 years
old, but Mohamed Bin Salman is already one of the most powerful people in the world and
he controls more money than we could ever possibly count. Formally, he is Minister of Defense, Deputy
Crown Prince, Second Deputy Prime Minister, Chief of the Royal Court and Chair of the
Council for Economic and Development Affairs… So what does all of that mean? Well, it kind of means that Mohamed Bin Salman
is in control of everything… He’s got complete control over the country’s
oil, over the massive financial reserves that have been accumulated over the years and,
also, over Saudi Arabia’s massive defence budget. So, today, the power of the prince is practically
And, hey, this isn’t something normal. Never has such a young man had so much power
before. Up until now, the norm was for the country
to be controlled by seniors of 80 years or more who were very reluctant for any kind
of change. But all of a sudden, change is underfoot,
because what Mohammed Bin Salman is trying to do with Saudi Arabia is to turn it into
a new United Arab Emirates, a country which the prince has an enormous amount of admiration
for. Later, we are going to see just how he is
doing this, but for now, you need to bear something in mind: The youth of the country cheer Bin Salman
as the savior of the Kingdom. And this is a country where half of its population
is less than 25 years old so, well, that is pretty important. But, now you might be wondering: Where does
this man come from? How can such a young man have so much power? Well… he is the son of the current King. But wait a second before you exclaim: “Well! Of course he is!” You do need to know that being the son of
the king in Saudi Arabia wasn’t such an important thing, in fact, for now, Bin Salman is not
even the heir of the Saudi throne… THE BATTLE OVER THE THRONE Salman bin Abdulaziz is the king of Saudi
Arabia, he is the son of the man who is considered the founder of the country: Abdulaziz Bin
Saud. Well, since Saud died in 1953, the kingdom
has been inherited by brother after brother. AUDIO: (Abdulaziz Bin Saud had 17 known wives
and it is calculated that he also had around 32 sons. So there were quite a few potential heirs). The thing is that, when the current king,
who is believed to be the 25th son, reached power a few years ago in 2015, the first thing
he did was to change the laws of succession. Even though some of his brothers are still
alive, he has decided to put the new generations in charge of the succession. To do this, he decided to appoint his nephew,
Mohammed Bin Nayef, who is closer to Washington than others, and he has been in charge for
security in the last years, as well as the secret services and the fight against fundamentalism.  
However, it seems like young Mohammed Bin Salman, the main character in this video,
is not very happy about that, and it seems that he is taking aim at the throne… He wants to become the future king of Saudi
So, his eagerness for reforms could be explained as an attempt to gain popularity. That is what most analysts think. And it does make sense. The fall of the prices in oil has given Mohammed
Bin Salman the opportunity to aim for the throne, which is something his father obviously
If Saudi Vision 2030 starts showing good results, Bin Salman will be in a better position to
ask for a reward, and become, potentially, the new heir to the throne.  
However, there are a few problems on the road ahead, both for Bin Salman as well as for
the country.  
On the one hand, there are problems inside the royal family: Bin Salman has made a lot
of enemies who accuse him of being power hungry. On the other hand, his father, the current
king, is quite old (81) and he seems to have some memory issues. So this means there are two possible scenarios
If the current king lives for many more years, the prince, Bin Salman will be able to consolidate
his power. However, if the king doesn’t live so long,
the current heir, Bin Salman’s cousin, could become the new king and wish goodbye both
to the prince and his Saudi Vision 2030 vision. But that is how these monarchies work… But I am sure that some of you are thinking
by now: Well, this is all fascinating Simon, but why should I care about what happens in
Saudi Arabia? Well, you should care, and probably more than
you might think. Saudi Arabia is still the biggest oil producer
and it is also the most important and influential country in the Arab world. An evolution towards openness for this country
could be something very positive for the world, and for now, the planned Saudi Vision 2030
seems to be the only opportunity for the country to progress and evolve. But, now that we’ve said that, what exactly
is the plan for this country? INCORRIGIBLES So far in today’s story, we have seen a
handsome prince and a battle over the throne… But we need a third ingredient for this Saudi
soap opera: luxury and money… Well, of all the royal families in the world,
the Sauds, the royal household of Saudi Arabia might be the most addicted to money and luxury. And now you are going to see why… We have mentioned it in several videos… The fall of oil prices has jeopardised many
countries and, among them, is Saudi Arabia. AUDIO: (Only in 2016, and even though many
adjustments were made, the country had a deficit of more than 80 billion dollars…). And now the question becomes: What can they
do in order to fix such a hole in their budget? Well, in 2016, the Saudi Government announced
the country would go on a diet. So, for the first time in decades, austerity
reached Saudi Arabia. AUDIO: (The government of Bin Salman started
with reductions in public wages, cancelled many projects whose profitability was uncertain,
reduced subsidies on gasoline, water, electricity…)  
This was a pretty huge shock for one of the most subsidized economies in the world. I mean, up until now, dear viewer, oil had
helped to pay for everything in Saudi Arabia. However, hold on for just a minute, because
that is not the whole story… AUDIO: (“Under Salman´s rule, princes still
enjoy many material privileges. The subsidization system hasn’t changed for
the Royal Household”. Steffen Hertog, London School of Economics.) Take a look at this, the king of Saudi Arabia
has ultra-luxurious palaces all over the world available to him. In Marbella in Spain, he has “ El Rocío”,
a palace inspired by no less than the White House.  
But, I mean, it’s gotta be pretty boring to have to go to the same palace all the time
right? How tiresome! So, last summer, the king built a new and
gigantic palace in Tangier, Morocco. The palace has its very own hospital and,
here, the king gets French seafood delivered direct from France. But hey, what’s the problem with chartering
a few airplanes so the king can eat some nice lobsters, right? Oh, and when the king of Saudi Arabia travels…he
travels big! AUDIO: (In his last tour around Asia, in 2016,
the king travelled with 1500 people,   luggage weighed 459 tons and he took with him two
Mercedes-Benz S600 limos. In order to carry it all 27 planes had to
be used).  
Yes, so it seems this is what the royal family considers austerity.  
And the prince Mohamed Bin Salman, our main character in today’s video, is no different: AUDIO: (During some holidays in France and
at the same time the prices in oil were falling, the prince Salman saw the yacht of the Russian
magnate Yuri Shefler. It was love at first sight. He sent an assistant right away in order to
close the deal: Salman bought it for 550 million dollars).
  So, now know how the family likes to live,
and they are quite a big family. Some estimations indicate the Saudi royal
family has around 15,000 members. The government has evaded the question of
membership numbers, but even low end estimates put it at about 5,000 people. And we are talking about people who live thanks
to the public budget and have all kinds of privileges: they are paid impressive salaries,
they have access to hospitals which are essentially palaces with 5-star hotel services, and they
do profitable business with the government. They have incredibly luxurious and rather
incredible lifestyles. And that is very, very expensive. According to estimations from the US government,
since transparency is not a tradition in the royal family, they spend about $2 billion
every year in order to keep up these sumptuous lifestyles. AUDIO: (But some other estimations indicate
the royal family takes over 1 million oil barrels a day, that is 10% of the national
production.) THE PROGRESS OF SAUDI VISION 2030 Despite all of this, the transformation of
Saudi Arabia planned in Vision 2030 keeps moving forward. AUDIO: (“Saudi Arabia designs a city of
entertainment almost as big as Las Vegas”) – The Independent
But the truth is it is moving slowly…  
And for the time being, Saudi Arabia is regaining better relations with the US. In fact, Donald Trump’s first international
trip as the US president was to Riyadh. But yes, in order to achieve that the Saudis
had to sign some big cheques. AUDIO: (“Trump Signs “Single Largest Arms
Deal In US History” With Saudi Arabia Worth $350 Billion” CNN)
This has to be added to the billion dollar contracts they already have with the largest
companies in the United States. It all has a target in mind: Saudi Arabia
wants to reinforce the protection it has from the US to defend from possible enemies such
as Iran. We’re actually going to be discussing this
special relationship in a future video, so don’t forget to subscribe!  
But, leaving the US aside, in the last few months, Saudi Arabia has set the world’s
largest fund for technological investment. They have $100 billion available to invest.  
Furthermore, the country is eliminating many restrictions on foreign investment and some
projects are being discussed. Some of these have already been put into motion
such as theme parks, huge hotel resorts and, even, nuclear power plants.  
But as we have been telling you…transforming this country won’t be easy at all, and this
is just the start of their very own soap opera. There’s the huge wasting of money from the
Royal family, which means they have to deal with a lot of criticism from the country’s
powerful religious leaders (who have a terrible lack of respect for civil rights), then there
is the war in Yemen, and the uncertainty of the heir of the Saudi throne. So, now, what do you think about the luxurious
lifestyle of the Saudi royal family? Do you think Riyadh will ever become some
kind of Dubai? Well, please leave your answers in the comments
below and click like if you enjoyed this video! And don’t forget to subscribe for brand
new videos every Monday and Thursday, and as always, I’ll see you next time!

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100 Replies to “Fight Over the SUCCESSION in Saudi Arabia? – VisualPolitik EN”

  1. They purge was about showing strength in the face of his opponents who were untouchable like his cousin, Nayef. Also it was to crush corruption as many of those princes arrested were involved in corruption in The Netherlands, Malaysia (1MBD), Boeing Corporation and others. Also by arresting the heads of security and military institutions MBS was able to secure all Saudi defence forces under his control, thus increasing his power. So, was this purge about corruption or consolidation? Well, it was really about both.

  2. In my younger days used to worked in a restaurant.  We had a Saudi prince as a regular guest.  He was a generous tipper and suspect he had a crash on blonds  because he always showed up with two of them.  🙂

  3. It is all going to come crashing down, revolt from the non-royals inspired by religious fundamentalists. Then, because of the “ties” the USA, the USA (And the rest of the West) will be blamed as always and cascade of terror attacks against it/us.

  4. he is not doing anything buddy?
    it is the zionist thinktank and the government of israel which are building a hollywood type character around moahmmed bin salman.

  5. In saudi arabia womens don't counts human and the kingdom politic is the absolut dictatorship.
    Why the usa back up that?

  6. WIN WIN FIR EVERY1 IF THE YOUNG DUDE TAKES PLACE/////IF COURSE HE TURNS IT INTO ANOTHER DUBAI/// it will ease the extremists kind of by force without even knowing it.

  7. No Iran is the most influential. With leaders they supported to power in Iraq,Syria,Lebanon as well as the Houthis and Shia militias in Libya.

  8. Not in wildest imagination buddy! They all want to be Dubai here in the GCC. I'm an American Ex-Pat who lived in SA & Q8 for more than 20 years. It will never happen. Dubai is open, not Saudi Arabia.

  9. I worked in Saudi arabia for about ten years and nothing has change….They need to open their country to the world

  10. This man is to blame for the killing of children in Jyemen..This man should be convicted in The Hague..These are real terrorists

  11. Saudis days numbered ,,,,,,,mahdi is coming get ready u hypocrites
    Oil is drying up so is the money,,, then we all know what happens next



  13. الحصول على داعش الخنازير ISIS الهارب الخنازير كارول وكاترين ميدلتون والجسد المزدوج الأمير وليامز 6 4 في الطول ، ميغان ماركل ، نيكي هيلي ، كامالا هاريس ، ميري ريجيف ، ليزا بيج ، جوسمين فانثوفونج بو كانتابون الاسم المستعار البارونة وارسي ، بريميلا جايابال أنجيلا هيرنانديز بيتر سترزوك توم أكين إنهم معروفون بمطاردة محمد فوهة على أموال ISIS المسروقة التي استخدموها للإتجار بالبشر هم أيضا سوسيس لقتل العديد من الأمراء ورجال الدين والصحفي السعودي خاشقجي


  15. HANDsome prince 🤭😂😊 I knew you was a batty man… go on admit it… how much he paid you to make this video and suck his prick…

  16. just came across your video. MBS is a monster. I'm sickened by what he had done to Jamal Khashoggi. Unfortunately, Trump only cares about making money off the Saudi's and won't do anything about it

  17. what will they do when oil is not what drives the world economy …expatriates will leave and the saudis will go back to banditry , goat rearing and promoting religious absurdities

  18. also the biggest in alkohol producer in der schweiz, they are collonlnializing america by invesment, no body listen to shah

  19. I think they should just go back to killing each other over who becomes heir. They can have a cage match battle royal (pun definitely intended) to the death. The last prince standing wins the throne. They could televise it on pay per view, I bet it would make a fortune!

  20. Lol…update ..horseshit he was never a reformer his ass is on the way out and will be replaced by his uncle the kings brother ..americas media has pushed this 21st century Hitler as some savior because it appeared he would befriend the terrorists in isreal …lol ..he is on the way out ..maybe he can go into exile in isreal. .lol

  21. Keep in mind this video was made before MBS(AKA Mohammed Bone Saw) made a fool of himself by Killing and dismembering the body of Jamal Khashoggi! After this International mess it's anybody's guess what the hell will happen!

  22. 17 wives, 30 something sons ( ? daughters, who cares,) 80 billion deficit, lifting the restrictions on foreign investments! Is there anything to like about these people? How he heck did it come to this that American and the west are in their thrall? And as for the multi million dollar weapons contracts. For what? Armageddon? God help us.

  23. for as long as there are no democracy,no freedom of speech and no freedom at all!!!you cant compare your country to uae.people in uae have more freedom than those people in saudi.,and those locals there are more humane than all of the gulf countries!!!i live there for 13yrs.and it changed my life forever.thank you, UAE!!!MORE POWER TO YOU AND YOUR RULERS!!!

  24. Sadly then, Islam has developed an inappropriately bigoted and pigheadedly sanctimonious persona which prevents Islam from accepting the inevitable Truth and reveals an Islam lost in a self-induced maze of deceitful denial presenting the most dangerously distorted and contradictory concept of God which reaches the heart of the Foundation of Creation which is Truth as opposed to the false Islamic Satanic word that encourages Muslims to lie to non-Muslims to advance the ill-begotten Islam against the Father. Islam is a disease of the soul introduced to mankind when the carrier Satan told Muhammed he was Gabriel.  It is transmitted through deceitfully two faced, lying, truth denying, back-stabbing Muslim mouths, pervert worshiping Saudi’s cash and violence. Islam has built a palace in readiness for the arrival of the Anti-Christ but as yet not even a hole in the ground for the arrival of the Almighty’s Prophet Jesus that Islam says will return to battle the Anti-Christ making Jesus, of all people, Me, the Last Prophet.  The Muslim announces me to be a good man, one of God’s prophets while it’s other Satanic face burns my churches, murders and rapes my people and those left alive are forced to pay Satan’s Islam to stay alive while all is merely more and more disgraceful proof of Islam’s Satanic roots. To date Islam has insisted on worshiping two perverts, the woman persecuting, child molesting, urine drinking, homosexual, Devil’s plaything murderer false prophet Muhammed and the exceptionally evil Father hating, mankind hating Pagan Moon False God Satan Allah who brags in his Quran that he is the greatest of all deceivers, which he was.

  25. As long as free loaders of House of Saud who breeds like rabbits multiply in numbers, the cost to lodge and board their progeny increases many fold. So no progress will occur. The House of Saud also buys protection from USA with money in order to trample their people.
    The only solution is to overthrow them and bring people power to Saudi Arabia

  26. as an arab living in america i decided nt to be an arab any more even changing my name thanks to those people total human garbage

  27. What do I think about luxurious lifestyle of Saudi's family? What kind of a joke is this? The Saudi family itself is a disgust and a shame for a Muslim world. Our Prophet not even giving them a blessing through his prayers. They are the evil from the Najd!

  28. the original king ibn saud wanted his brothers to succeed one another. and the men in the family vote to choose a crown prince. This has reduced infighting. The new laws of succession is gonna cause a lot of infighting. A lot of half brother and cousins will become resentful. even full brothers will become distant. hopefully they keep the traditional alive.

  29. canada also has lots of oil, but how many canadians get to see the benefits from that? im gonna move to saudia arabia once i get about 5+ years post graduation experience.

  30. a natural leader, autocracy, or mornalcy, can earn respect if power is distributed right for democracy, if the nation has the problem they will concentrate blame on the leader, except leader they make choices for the nation all bear rather concentrate kill on a few.

  31. As long as i can drive my 8 cylinder badass pickup truck and Dodge muscle car, I don't give a shit about any struggle out there as long as my gas is cheaper than milk or water. And if they raise the price too much, i want my country to bomb the living shit out of them, take over the oil, and restore my rights as an American citizen.

  32. A nation similar to Dubai or Abu Dhabi

    They are Emirates ( kinda like States) the United Arab (Emirates)

  33. Looks like 3 brothers r going to fight for the throne
    Hadith is going to fulfill soon after the death of Salman

  34. He is the guy who killed the journalist Kashoge. How come Democracy advocates do so much PR for a Dictator.

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