Issue 1185 PDF: Saudi supremacy: How the Al-Salman gained unparalleled political and economic power

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Issue 1185 - 11 Mar 2024

The issue leads with an examination of how the Al-Salman gained unparalleled political and economic power in Saudi Arabia.

GSN's analysis of key figures in 88-year-old King Salman Bin Abdelaziz’s ruling group shows how power has become concentrated to an unprecedented extent in the monarch’s immediate family and their close aides.

GSN's coverage includes a new family tree and influence chart, with linked profiles, which shows an Al-Salman ruling group that could dominate the Saudi polity long after King Salman Bin Abdelaziz’s reign is over.

Politics coverage leads with Iran, where  turnout for 1 March parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections was the lowest since the 1979 revolution. GSN takes a closer look at the power of Iran's clerics and presents new profiles of the key clerics surrounding Ayatollah Ali Hosseini Khamenei.

GSN also examines the latest developments from Kuwait, where another election is scheduled for 4 April, following Emir Sheikh Mishaal’s mid-February dismissal of parliament. Most outgoing MPs are seeking re-election and there is little reason to think the fourth poll in four years will do much to solve deep political and economic problems.

The Risk Management Report is on Iraqi Kurdistan.

The GSN View focuses on how the UAE has set its sights on carving out a leading international role in the fast- developing field of AI.


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