Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (known as MbS) is using an elite force of the Royal Guard to suppress dissent in the royal family, according to Saudi media reports. Their request was to abolish the royal decree, which provides for the abolition of the routine payment of electricity and water bills to royal family members by the state. It said the men were being held in prison on charges of disturbing public peace and order.
Saudi Arabia will slow plans to eliminate subsidies for a wide range of energy products, according to a new long-term fiscal plan in the 2018 state budget. Prince Mohammed, who sidelined his cousin as heir to the throne, has since consolidated his grip on the kingdom's economy in a meteoric rise in the royal court.
The Saudi anti-corruption committee, formed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, took further measures against the detained princes and ministers, including travel-bans and bank accounts freezes.
Dozens of other high-profile royal figures who were detained in 2017 during an anti-corruption drive have been detained inside a luxury hotel.
The Saudi royal family is thought to number thousands, but the wealth and status between them can vary wildly.
On Jan. 1, Saudi Arabia also hiked gasoline and fuel prices and imposed a five percent value-added tax on most goods and services, ending its decades-long tax-free policy.
King Salman on Saturday announced a string of benefits for Saudi citizens, particularly students, military personnel and public servants, to "soften the impact of the economic reforms" in the coming year. As per the International Labour organisation, the percentage of jobless people in Saudi is 32% (15 to 24 aged people) and 1.18 million Saudis are engaged in government sector while 1.23 million people are pensioners.