Saudi Arabia: Allah's Choice

At King Ibn Saud's deathbed in 1953, Prince Feisal of Saudi Arabia swore a mighty oath on the Koran that he would never usurp the kingship from the half brother who became King Saud. Last week, not for the first time, Saud, 63, kept his crown only because Feisal proved a man of his word. But the nominal kingship and his allowance—which was halved to a mere $20 million a year —were all that Saud retained. The sixyear power struggle between the two brothers culminated in a bloodless palace coup in which Saud was stripped of every power and Feisal...

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