How much do you understand about the Saudi government or the royal House of Saud?
In this podcast clip, Yaron Brook gives his analysis of the royal family and the dramatic changes going on in the Saudi Arabian government. "There was a king: King Abdulaziz ibn Saud," began Yaron. "Now 'ibn' means 'son of,' so this is King Abdulaziz son of Saud. And of course, Saudi Arabia is named after Saud."
Yaron goes on to explain that King Abdulaziz ibn Saud is the first "modern" king of Saudi Arabia, a country whose history goes back to the 18th century. During World War I, Saudi Arabia and the surrounding areas were occupied by the British. In 1932, the Saud family regained control of the throne in Saudi Arabia with King Abdulaziz ibn Saud who ruled until 1953.
"When King Abdulaziz ibn Saud died, one of his sons became the king. And every time one of those sons died, a brother became the king, and so the kingdom is passed from brother to brother," explained Yaron, adding,"Remember that each one of these kings has many, many wives ... so they have many, many, many, many children. With in a few generations, you can see how massive the royal family becomes."
The current king of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is the last of King Abdulaziz's sons. The next in line for the throne is supposed to be the son of King Salman's older brother, the previous king, but he has designated his own son, Mohammed bin Salman, as crown prince and heir to the throne.
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Yaron gives his analysis of the royal family and the changes being made within their government.