As you'll see at the link, some are speculating that King Salman may be positioning his son ‘Abd al-‘Aziz ibn Salman, who is Deputy Oil Minister, may be positioning him to succeed oil Minister ‘Ali Na‘imi, who is bout 80. The job is usually held by a technocrat, ‘Abd al-‘Aziz ibn Salman has held positions in the ministry for years.
A lot of analysis of this week's reshuffles has centered on talk about family factionalism, a "Sudeiri coup," and the like. I have long felt there are three rules for understanding Saudi Arabia:
- Those who talk about the internal dynamics of the family don't know.
- Those who know, conversely, don't talk.
- The king is a real King, not a constitutional monarch, and can do what he wants.