Political caution accompanies social reform as Political caution accompanies social reform as King Abdullah keeps establishment on side

Issue 858 - 25 Jul 2009
The King is overseeing a programme of cautious change, but is reluctant to ease the family hold on real power or alienate powerful religious interests. It takes fine political judgment to bolster the position of his Shammar branch of the family without provoking a rift with the Sudeiris and other powerful factions

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