A palace coup led by Prince Khaled bin Sultan (photo), was apparently in the making in Saudi Arabia. To avert it, it is said that King Abdullah dismissed the Defense Deputy Minister (April 20) and the Chief of Defence Staff (May 10).

An arrest warrant against Prince Khaled bin Sultan was reportedly signed by the king upon his sudden return from Morocco, Sunday, June 16, 2013.


- "Saudi Arabia in a state of flux", Voltaire Network, 25 April 2013.
- "Saudi Arabia in a state of flux (2)", Voltaire Network, 10 May 2013.