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Despite Lavish Lifestyle, Prince Mohammed bin Salman Calls Corruption 'Cancer'

March 22 2018, 05:48 | Irvin Gilbert

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Saudi Arabia remains locked in a largely stalemated war in Yemen, has imposed a blockade on neighboring Qatar, and is looking for ways to push back against the influence of Iran, its religious and political nemesis.

The Crown Prince said the shake-up announced by his aging father, King Salman, was aimed at installing "high energy" people who could achieve modernisation targets.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has defended the anti-corruption drive launched previous year in an interview.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, reshuffled some of the Kingdom's top military officers and several deputy ministers on Monday in a broad shakeup seen as elevating younger officials in key economic and security areas.

Increasing the number of Saudi women in the workforce is part of the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman's Vision 2030 reforms, which seek to raise women's participation in the workforce from 22% to 30%.

The statement was made at a meeting of Pak-Saudi Joint Working Group on Trade and Investment in Riyadh on Tuesday.

A new assistant minister of defense also was named, as was a new royal court adviser at the rank of general. Britain has a close military tie-up with Saudi Arabia and provides training and advice for the Saudi Air Force.

The prince is expected to be confronted by protests but the government is anxious that the visit reflect what it sees as a new appetite for...

Majority have been released after settling claims with the government.

Critics have decried the anti-corruption drive as a shakedown and a means for bin Salman to increase his own personal power and sideline opponents.

The cost for Yemen itself has been a humanitarian disaster, while it has also drained Saudi coffers in a time of austerity.

On Feb. 26, 2018, Tamadur bint Youssef al-Ramah was appointed as deputy labor minister, a rare senior post for a woman in Saudi Arabia.

US President Donald Trump hosted Prince Mohammed in March 2017, just weeks after taking office, and he chose Saudi Arabia for his first official overseas visit as president.

One of them, the new deputy governor of Asir province, Prince Turki bin Talal, is the brother of billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who was among the 200-some princes, ministers and tycoons detained in Riyadh's luxury Ritz-Carlton hotel in the government's anti-corruption campaign.

The country announced its plan to allow women to drive from June this year, and ride-hailing apps are getting prepared to hire female drivers.

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