Sacking two reformers and handing out cash, new Saudi king signals approach

February 3, 2015 8:41 AM

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Sacking two reformers and handing out cash, new Saudi king signals approach

RIYADH (Reuters) - In making a blaze of largesse and the dismissal of relatively liberal clerics two of his first acts as monarch, Saudi Arabia's King Salman has signaled his approach to big future challenges may differ from that of his liberalizing late brother.

On the face of it, those moves suggest a partiality for religious conservatism and the buying of political support - both traits that seem to contradict the modernizing reforms the kingdom says it wants.

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