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A picture taken on Nov. 5, 2017 in Riyadh shows a general view of the closed Ritz-Carlton hotel. A day earlier Saudi Arabia arrested 11 princes, including a prominent billionaire and dozens of current and former ministers, reports said, in a sweeping crackdown as the kingdom's young Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman consolidates power. (Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on Nov. 5, 2017 in Riyadh shows a general view of the closed Ritz-Carlton hotel. A day earlier Saudi Arabia arrested 11 princes, including a prominent billionaire and dozens of current and former ministers, reports said, in a sweeping crackdown as the kingdom's young Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman consolidates power. (Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images)
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Saudi Arabia was at the center of a unprecedented political shake-up over the weekend. First, the prime minister of Lebanon resigned while in the Saudi capital of Riyadh. Then, in a show of force, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had several princes and top officials in the country arrested and detained — his actions being described by state TV as an "anti-corruption crackdown."

Here & Now's Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with Rami Khouri (@RamiKhouri), professor at the American University of Beirut and a senior fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

This segment aired on November 6, 2017.

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