Saudi Arabian princes are arrested
On 4 November, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the arrest of some of the most influential people in the country, including 11 of his royal cousins.
Saudi Arabia is a country in the Middle East governed by the al-Saud family. The crown prince’s father, King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud is the head of state. However, many people say that Crown Prince Mohammed really rules Saudi Arabia, not King Salman, and that he wants even more power.
The Saudi government says it arrested these people as part of an effort to reduce corruption (that means dishonest behaviour by those in power) and to encourage other countries and businesses to trade with Saudi Arabia. Other people say the crown prince wants to get rid of anyone who might want to seize power from him.
Among those arrested was Prince Mutaib bin Abdullah, who is thought to be the crown prince’s main rival. One of the world’s richest men, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, was also arrested. He has been accused of making money illegally, among other things. Prince Alwaleed is thought to be worth around £13 billion, and owns three palaces.
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