Театр реформ Саудовской Аравии

Пробудив надежду на реальные политические реформы в Саудовской Аравии, король Абдулла объявил, что время перемен еще не наступило. После перестановок в кабинете все остается на своих местах. Население Саудовской Аравии, 50% которого моложе 15 лет, будет и дальше видеть на каналах национального телевидения тех же самых принцев, некоторые из которых занимают свои должности уже сорок лет, символизируя загнивание в самом сердце саудовской политики. Парадокс заключается в том, что в то время как Саудовская Аравия проявляет активность на дипломатической арене, стараясь решить проблемы в Ираке, внутри страны наблюдается полный паралич.

Это совсем не то, что ожидали простые саудовцы. На протяжении последних полутора лет они предвкушали перестановки в кабинете министров, направленные на укрепление репутации короля как ярого сторонника реформ. Символическое значение нового кабинета должно было отразить его переопределение саудовской нации и ее будущего. Была надежда на включение маргинализированных групп, как, например, назначение впервые в истории королевства министра-шиита, а также действия, направленные на борьбу с коррупцией, в виде смещения министров, долгое время занимавших свои посты.

Вместо этого, королевство охватила серьезная болезнь, в то время как присущая Саудовской Аравии инертность привела к пустым разговорам о реформах, которые не могут замаскировать реалии застоя. Инертность не ограничивается перестановками в кабинете: судебная власть - и 700 действующих судей – также остаются без изменений.

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