Exiled Saudi Arabian dissidents have launched a political party they hope will dethrone MBS and open the door to democracy
Saudi dissidents have launched a mission to spark the transition to democracy and oust de-facto leader Mohammed bin Salman.
The National Assembly Party launched from London on Wednesday. It is the first formalized political opposition during King Salman's rule.
Political parties are banned in Saudi Arabia, and sedition or criticism of the king merits long jail terms.
Over the last 50 years various political groups have tried to challenge the monarch. Many of those involved were imprisoned.
Party spokeswoman Madawi al-Rasheed told Business Insider: "Six people announced their names knowing that their families in Saudi Arabia will be targeted and their lives might be in danger, including my life."
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A group of leading Saudi experts and dissidents in exile have launched a political party that they hope will spark a transition to democracy and ultimately unseat Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Saudi Arabia is an absolute monarchy, ruled exclusively by members of the al-Saud family since 1932.
The self-styled reformer crown prince, known as MBS, and his elderly father King Salman are the current heads of state.
But the country's Basic Law bans political parties. The new National Assembly Party, launched at a safe distance in London on Wednesday, is the first formal opposition under King Salman's rule.
"This is an initiative that builds on previous Saudi attempts to insert political and civil rights in government and allow people to experience democratic institutions," said Madawi al-Rasheed, the party spokeswoman, in an interview with Business Insider.
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