Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman, has been the potential candidate for assuming the throne of Saudi Arabia and this is quite evident from the recent initiatives and social reforms taken by the state in recent times.
The decision by the Saudi Prince to arrest 11 notable government officials and wealthy princes have stormed the region and raised questions regarding the validity of such decisions taken by the state. These 11 eminent personalities include 4 serving ministers and 7 former federal governors.
With the announcement of the formation of an investigative committee, Saudi Arabia has empowered the anti-corruption committee to freeze the accounts of any individual suspected to be involved in the fraudulent economic activities being undertaken in the region.
The alleged arrest of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has stirred a new controversy in the media regarding his widespread investments all across the world. The owner of the investment firm, Kingdom Holding, has been accused of illegally moving his monetary resources from Saudi Arabia to different firms and business enterprises situated in various countries.
This move may be aimed at eradicating economic malpractices but the international media has portrayed this initiative as nothing more than an over-ambitious move to remove all the potential candidates for the next kingship.
We see that Saudi Arabia has embarked on a journey of modernization and liberalization with the aim of expanding the economic possibilities of the country through social initiatives. The latest legislation that allowed women to drive was met with a lot of criticism from the religious scholars and seasoned politicians who found the step as an infringement to the norms of an Islamic society. The opening of modern cinemas, restaurants, resorts, and tourist spots have been seen as a plan for cultural revolution.
While some analysts consider this an agenda for getting the admiration of Americans, the Muslim world is disturbed by the insensitivity of Saudi Arab towards much more substantial problems.