It’s been a year but Saudi can’t shake the ghost of Khashoggi

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It’s been a year but Saudi can’t shake the ghost of Khashoggi

Crown prince’s efforts scrub a reputation stained by the journalist’s murder have had little, if any, success

AFP

Saudi Arabia is attempting a comeback on the global stage one year after journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, but the crisis has weakened it and undermined its de facto leader’s ambitious reforms, analysts say.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a self-styled moderniser shaking up the conservative petro-state, was fêted by global leaders and business titans before the gruesome murder in Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul consulate on October 2 2018.

But the global fallout over the killing rendered the heir to the Arab world’s most powerful throne a pariah, casting a shadow on his reforms, putting the kingdom’s human rights record under the microscope and testing old alliances with Western powers...

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