A picture taken on October November 5, 2017 in Riyadh shows a general view of the closed main gate of the Ritz Karlton hotel in Riyadh. AFP / FAYEZ NURELDINE
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Saudi Arabia's future king has tightened his grip on power through an anti-corruption purge by arresting royals, ministers and investors including billionaire Alwaleed bin Talal al-Saud, who is one of the kingdom's wealthiest and most prominent businessmen.The purge against the kingdom's political and business elite also targeted the head of the National Guard Prince Miteb bin Abdullah who was detained and replaced as minister of the powerful National Guard by Prince Khaled bin Ayyaf.News of the purge came early Sunday after King Salman decreed the creation of an anti-corruption committee chaired by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, his 32-year-old favorite son who has amassed power since rising from obscurity three years ago.In September, the king announced that a ban on women driving would be lifted, while Prince Mohammad is trying to break decades of conservative tradition by promoting public entertainment and visits by foreign tourists.Prince Alwaleed, a flamboyant character, has sometimes used his prominence as an investor to aim barbs at the kingdom's rulers.
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