How the Khashoggi killing threatens to upend Prince's project

LONDON/DUBAI • Just months after King Salman ascended to the throne, he presided over a Cabinet meeting that would have a profound effect on the future of Saudi Arabia and the way the world's top bankers view the conservative kingdom.

Yet the decision taken inside the Al-Yamamah Palace garnered little attention either inside, or outside, the country. Buried near the bottom of a 1,400-word statement was the news that the Public Investment Fund (PIF) would report to the newly created Economic and Development Affairs Council instead of the Finance Ministry. And the president of that council, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known by his initials MBS, would take over as PIF chairman.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 23, 2018, with the headline 'How the Khashoggi killing threatens to upend Prince's project'. Print Edition | Subscribe