Friday, June 23, 2017

Unfairly unfair

Besides the fact that Salman is obviously a hot-headed moron with terrible judgment, who has spectacularly failed in every big decision he has made in a relatively short time, the change in the mechanics of Saudi succession is a huge deal.  As succession always went to a brother, or son of a brother, you could keep the fractious royals relatively happy as their turn could come with the next king.  Having a son succeed a father means that all the lines of the brothers are potentially now permanently squeezed out.  This kind of thing always leads to violence.

"Saudi king upends royal succession and names son Mohammed bin Salman as first heir to throne" (note that the problem is recognized, but there isn't really a Saudi constitution, just a basic law which can be altered by royal decree, so any quick 'constitutional' change could be as easily reversed):
"News of his promotion was accompanied by a constitutional change so that his son could not be king, a gesture intended to reassure other parts of Saudi Arabia’s vast royal family."

Note, from Februrary 2015:  "The frantic intrigue of Abdullah's final hours".

"Succession to the Saudi Arabian throne".  "Agnatic seniority".  Any decision might be thought to have been unfair, but at least it was fairly unfair.
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