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King Salman implements reform in Saudi Arabia

The monarch has moved quickly with senior appointments designed to see off threats - at home and abroad - to the Kingdom’s stability

In what must have been one of the last storms of late spring before the raw heat of summer takes hold the rain deposited large spots of sand on the windscreen. The geometric high-rise skyline of the capital was, for once, shadowless. As we approached the city the rainfall intensified, and warning signs flashed red by the side of the highway: “Slow Down. Slippery Road”. Saudis like to drive fast, but for decades almost all other aspects of life have proceeded slowly, exasperating those in the kingdom seeking reform and frustrating those elsewhere in the Middle East who felt that the country was failing to use its financial clout in the best interests of the region.  Now, all of a sudden, Sa

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