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SAUDI ARABIA released images of King Salman greeting two diplomats being sworn in as Saudi ambassadors today, in an effort to quash rumours he could be dead or gravely ill.
Speculation over the autocrat’s health soared following the arrests of his younger brother Prince Ahmed bin Abdelaziz and nephew Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, both of whom have been called rivals to his designated successor Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Though the kingdom has not formally commented, reports of their arrests were published on Friday.
Both princes have previously held the post of interior minister, overseeing the Gulf tyranny’s repressive security apparatus, which still imposes the death penalty for homosexuality, apostasy, adultery and sorcery.
But sources within the regime told the Washington Post their arrests were linked to a failure to support Mohammed bin Salman. Prince Ahmed had previously distanced himself from the brutal war in Yemen, telling protesters outside his luxury London pad they should take up any objections with the king or crown prince.
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