Crown prince’s care­fully man­aged rise hides dark side

Connecticut Post - - OBITUARIES/NEWS -

In a king­dom once ruled by an ever-ag­ing ro­ta­tion of el­derly monar­chs, Saudi Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man stands out as the youth­ful face of a youth­ful na­tion. But be­hind the care­fully cal­i­brated pub­lic-re­la­tions cam­paign push­ing images of the smil­ing prince meeting with the world’s top lead­ers and busi­ness ex­ec­u­tives lurks a darker side.

Last year, at age 31, Mo­hammed be­came the king­dom’s crown prince, next in line to the throne now held by his oc­to­ge­nar­ian father, King Sal­man. While push­ing for women to drive, he has over­seen the ar­rest of women’s rights ac­tivists. While call­ing for for­eign in­vest­ment, he has im­pris-

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