How Saudi Arabia’s Royal Family Is Shaking Things Up In The Middle East

Saudi Arabia is a complicated place. It’s a nation that has made peace with many western countries, while at the same time, participating in some of the most heinous and archaic human rights violations of the 21st century.

Saudi Arabia now has a new Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman. He did something no royal has done before and allowed a princess to speak around the world about the rights of women in his country. Still, Saudi Arabia has a long way to go before we can call it progressive. One princess might be shaking things up in Saudi Arabia but there is still a lot of controversy around it. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about this contradictory country.

All About King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud meets with Emir of Kuwait
Bandar Algaloud / Saudi Royal Council / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Bandar Algaloud / Saudi Royal Council / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

In 2015, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s half brother died of pneumonia at age 90. Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud had no choice but to step up as king. Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud made some changes when he rose to power. he was tired of the government bureaucracy, so he got rid of a lot of unnecessary government positions.

He’s also appointed Mohammad bin Salman as the crown prince back in 2017.