King Abdullah has passed away and his half brother King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud his risen to the Saudi throne. It was Salman (no connection to Ron Salmon of the SNP) who oversaw Riyadh’s development into the modern city of sky scrapers that it is.
King Salman was governor of Riyadh province for half a century. He was more recently the Saudi minister for defense. He is both a philanthropist and a promoter of philanthropy. He is a figure who is expected to focus on stability and security rather than reformism. Indeed he is closer to the Ulema (religious scholars) of the Kingdom than his predecessor as.
King Salman has been considered to be a natural diplomat, yet he is also capable of taking direct action and he has previously directed the Saudi military when it launched air strikes against the Un-“Islamic State” terrorists in 2014.
His earlier life he supported the Afghan resistance against Soviet invasion (giving up to $25,000,000 per month at the height of the conflict). He also supported the Bosnian people against the murderous Serbian aggression and genocide that was inflicted upon them.