Salman, the king of Saudi Arabia engaged on a domestic tour in this week along with his son indicating his support for his favoured successor despite the crucial crisis generated by the mysterious murder of journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
While the king Salman and his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in the central region of Qassim on Tuesday the roads were rimmed with Saudi Flags and images of a king and his successor.
The tour is the latest extension of publicity in the 82 years of the monarch which is apparently purposeful to exhibit the power of Prince Mohammed who is known as Mbs and has taken over the responsibility day-to-day ruling and whose international acceptability was thrashed recently since Jamal Khashoggi has been murdered at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.
According to the state media, the King established the foundation of planned projects of $1.12 billion and dictated to release some people from defaulters prison in Qassim, the orthodox territory in the heart of the Arabian peninsula.
A London-based Saudi author, as well as the critic of the Al Saud, Madawi Al Rasheed, said, “There is a lot of tension, fear and apprehension among Saudis in the aftermath of the Khashoggi affair. So it’s a trip that reassures the various regions that the king is still in his place and he’s the highest authority”.
The Turkish investigation officials have charged Mbs on the affair of Khashoggi killing. US President recommended the name of Crown Prince professing that the entire responsibility lies with the successor of King Salman, as a de facto ruler.