Cler­ics back crack­down

Cape Argus - - WORLD -

SAUDI Ara­bia’s top re­li­gious body and me­dia pub­licly sup­ported the ar­rests of prom­i­nent cler­ics and ac­tivists af­ter the gov­ern­ment an­nounced it had neu­tralised a threat from Saudis work­ing for “for­eign pow­ers”.

The crack­down on po­ten­tial dis­senters, some with ties to a brand of po­lit­i­cal Is­lam that Saudi rulers have long op­posed, comes at a time of grow­ing spec­u­la­tion that King Salman will ab­di­cate in favour of his son.

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