Saudi Arabia’s royal family has decided to reshuffle the cabinet in order to bring in officials more loyalist to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, says a commentator.
King Salman on Thursday demoted Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in a major reshuffle, which included changes to key national security posts amid fallout from the murder of a dissident journalist.
Bin Salman has been widely accused of the October 2 killing of Jamal Khashoggi after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
In an interview with Press TV on Friday, Kevin Barrett, author and political commentator, said that “this reshuffle is purely cosmetic.”
According to the analyst, new Foreign Minister Ibrahim “al-Assaf is of anything closer to bin Salman than his predecessor and likewise the so-called reshuffle actually is of anything making the Saudi cabinet even more top-heavy with bin Salman loyalists than it was before.”
“Essentially bin Salman who is under fire at every level is circling the wagons. He is hoping that he will be able to weather the storm following the Khashoggi murder by bringing in the most obtuse loyalists,” Barrett argued.
Dr. Kevin Barrett, a Ph.D. Arabist-Islamologist is one of America’s best-known critics of the War on Terror.
He also has appeared many times on Fox, CNN, PBS, and other broadcast outlets, and has inspired feature stories and op-eds in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, and other leading publications.
Dr. Barrett has taught at colleges and universities in San Francisco, Paris, and Wisconsin; where he ran for Congress in 2008. He currently works as a nonprofit organizer, author, and talk radio host.