|Will Saudi Arabia's citizens revolt?||
The other major problem is the ambiguous nature of power sharing in Saudi Arabia’s political structure. The second generation of the Saudi monarchy is now embroiled in a power rivalry, which many believe will lead to the country's collapse.
Saudi rulers are trying to conceal the power struggle, but the recent escalation of disputes over choosing the crown prince and other major governmental posts clearly proves the political vulnerability of the leadership.
In a move to counter the negative effects of the internal disputes, the monarchy has expanded its foreign policy interventions. This policy has failed to calm internal protests and people are continuing to take to the street to express their legitimate demands.
The extremist idea of Wahhabism and its influence on the ruling family is another major problem that seriously damages governance in the country. It is the main source of Saudi’s anti-Shia policies that have precipitated wide-spread concern among its religious minorities.
Shias living in the eastern parts of Saudi Arabia are dissatisfied by the current political atmosphere and have repeatedly protested against the bias against them.
The Saudi government preaches democratic values to other Arab states, while it remains busy suppressing calls for the recognition of people’s rights within its borders. Herein lies the paradox of a government that is seen by many to be the next place for a second wave of the popular Arab uprisings to take root.
Hassan Ahmadian is a researcher at the Center for Strategic Research of Iran’s Expediency Council and a specialist on Saudi Arabian politics.
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|Last Updated on 14 July 2012 17:12|