‘Mr Everything’: New Saudi Heir, 31, Holds Power Beyond His Years
Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman prince called Crown Wednesday made an unusual power for a man of only 31 years, therefore, which diplomats call “Mr. all.”
King Salman’s son has become the most influential character in Arabia and most influential since being named second in the line of succession in early 2015.
It symbolizes the hope of a young local population, of whom over half are under 25 years old.
Prince Mohammed is the main promoter of a larger plan, called Vision 2030, to bring about social and economic changes in the oil economy of a country where women’s rights are among the most restricted in the world.
He also served as Defense Minister for two years in a Saudi military intervention in neighboring Yemen.
Born on August 31, 1985, the Prince has amassed “extraordinary power and influence very quickly,” after his father ascended the throne in January 2015, said Frederic Wehrey of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington.
“It is clear that he is very bright, very intelligent, in addition to his memoirs” and has a significant influence on the 81-year-old monarch, said a Western diplomat.
Among his most important posts in front of the President of Economic Affairs and Development, which coordinates economic policy. Mohammed also chairs an organization overseeing the Saudi Aramco state oil company.
As defense minister, the prince oversees the operations of the Saudi coalition to support the government of Yemen against the Shi’ite rebels who control the capital Sana’a.
“One of the citizens”
In a profile last year, Bloomberg Businessweek said the prince runs 16 hours a day and is inspired by the writings of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu.
It was one of many interviews in which the prince spoke long and hard about his economic plans for the kingdom, where the authorities have traditionally been gentle.
In a press briefing last April, he seemed relaxed when he took questions from the national and international press for about 50 minutes.
Wearing a typical Arabian dress – sandals, a white thobe and hairstyle – she bent over a white podium and sometimes rubbed her eyes, answering questions in Arabic in English.
Bachelor of Law by King Saud University in Riyadh, the prince with Barbe Noire with a line of distant hair is the father of two boys and two girls and, unlike other members of the royal family, married once.
He told Bloomberg that although Islam allows several marriages, modern life leaves no time.
Mohammed spent years working for his father when he was governor of Riyadh when he was prince of the crown 2013-2015.
“He has a reputation for being aggressive and ambitious,” said Bruce Riedel, a former Central Intelligence Agency agent who runs the Brookings Intelligence Project in Washington.
Observers have signaled a new power struggle between Mohammed bin Salman and his cousin, Crown Prince Nayef bin Mohammed, 56, who replaced Wednesday as heir to the throne and Interior Minister.
At his 2016 press conference, Mohamed was cleared of a comment that his name would be “remembered in the future.”
“I am a citizen of Saudi Arabia and citizens will also be remembered in the future,” he said.