Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman moves military troops to Riyadh amid fears of a possible coup
Reports state that military troops were moved from eastern Saudi Arabia to western Saudi Arabia as the Crown Prince left the country to attend the G-20 summit in Argentina
The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad bin Salman, has reportedly assimilated the kingdom's army in Riyadh, in response to rumors of a possible coup by members of the royal family in an effort to unseat him, according to Emirati media.
Reports state that military troops and assets have been moved from eastern Saudi Arabia to western Saudi Arabia as the Crown Prince left the country to attend the G-20 summit in Argentina on Friday. Any military shuffling could possibly be a pre-emptive move to thwart any plotters from making a move while bin Salman is away from the country.
Exiled Prince Khalid bin Farhan al-Saud, who now lives in Germany, in an exclusive interview with al-Khaleej Online, also suggested a possibility of a coup, saying that an opposition group in the kingdom has been formed with a primary goal to dethrone Mohammad bin Salman. Prince Khalid also added that the Crown Prince's style of government is '"ignorant and delusional."
The exiled prince added that if the royal family and "other countries" plan to move against King Salman and the Crown Prince, "a wave of violence is likely to occur as the Saudi kingdom is reigned using ignorant and barbaric methods."
"I hope that there will be a soft coup that overthrows the deep state and takes controls of prominent security institutions, and then sacks the Crown Prince and the king," Prince Khalid said during the interview.
The House of Saud, unlike European monarchies, consists of hundreds of princes with the power of succession drawn across tribal lines. Prince Khalid's interview supports the reports that there is a burgeoning conspiracy among the House of Saud members to ensure that the Crown Prince, who is King Salman's favored son, does not take the throne after King Salman's death.
Reports state that the opposition has a preferred candidate whom they want to see as the next king, 76-year-old Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, who is King Salman's younger brother.
Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz reportedly was the only member of the Allegiance Council who opposed Mohammad bin Salman becoming the crown prince last year, according to Saudi sources, the Daily Mail reported. The Allegiance Council is made up of the ruling family's senior member.