Less than two months ago, the country of Saudi Arabia made history by announcing via Twitter: “Saudi Arabia allows women to drive.” Let’s stop and think about that for minute, shall we? Saudi Arabia, an ultra-conservative country that has never legally allowed women to drive, just said that women can now drive, and they announced it via Twitter no less! That move was perhaps a sign of things to come.
This week, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, the recently appointed leader of Saudi Arabia, made another move that surprised the world: He arrested eleven princes, a number of cabinet members (or those who hold positions in the government), and one of the richest businessmen in the world. By the end of the week, he had rounded up 200 people. Yep, just like that, Crown Prince Salman removed these people from power. Why? Because he wanted to rid his kingdom of corruption.
Now, for those living in a country where there is a democratic process for picking government officials and a process for removing officials, government officials are rarely removed so swiftly and with little or no protest. But Saudi Arabia isn’t a democracy; it’s ruled by a family and led by the Crown Prince. That means what he says, goes. Were his arrests a bold and rash move? Perhaps, but whether you agree or disagree with his actions, one thing is for sure: he’s letting everyone know who’s in charge.