Revolutionary Saudi royals hoping to topple King Salman after he dramatically announced new heirs to the throne have blamed a lack of disability access for the rebellion’s failure.
The new Saudi premiere, who took over from the late King Abdullah in January, yesterday revealed a major cabinet reshuffle that saw a new, younger generation of princes lined up to succeed him.
The move was met with anger from a group led by the 69-year-old Crown Prince Muqrin, who had been previously next in line. But a planned coup that would have removed Salman and installed Muqrin as ruler fell short this morning, with sources citing wheelchair access as the main obstacle.
“Until the royal palace installs the necessary ramps, we’ll have to put our revolution on hold,” said an insider, who added that a shortage of disabled toilets was also a “major concern.”