Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman froze his immediate movement of his family by supporting his full brother and attempted to roll the page on the relations with the US by designating the first female ambassador of the Kingdom to America.

Vice defense minister, Prince Khalid Bin Salman will be replaced by Princess Reema Bint Bandar Bin Sultan. The decision of picking the daughter of a longtime involved in Saudi Envoy in Washington recommends the government is trying to improve its image at the time of rigid relations with Congress over the murder of Saudi Critic Jamal Khashoggi as well as the agitation over the arrest of the women activists during humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

The Royal order declaring the appointments was made late by the Crown Prince, who is also a part of the defense ministry on behalf of King Salman.

A professor of international relations at the London School of Economics, Fawaz A Gerges told, “ The appointment of Princess Reema represents a new beginning, trying to polish the image of Saudi Arabia and reinforce the image of the king and his son as reformers”. He also added, “ They’re trying to address concerns and the critics of the kingdom in the United States”.

Political Power in Saudi Arabia has minutely circulated between the members of the entire ruling family. The reign of King Salman brings a change in the convention by bypassing in the rival branched of the House of Saud. The promotion of the former fighter pilot who is the sibling of Saudi Crown Prince and aged 35, recommends no change in the approach despite the intense pressure in the stirring of the murder of Khashoggi in October at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

The founder of Arabia Foundation, as well as a pro-Saudi think tank in Washington Ali Al Shihabi, told, “ The vice minister has virtually the same authority as the minister”. He also added, in a Twitter post citing Prince Khalid by his initials  “ Given that the defense minister is also the crown prince, that means that KBS is now effectively the Defense Minister”.

 

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