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    Analysts: Saudi Arabia Seeks to Project Tough Image Amid Instabilityi
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    Heather Murdock
    January 06, 2016 7:42 PM
    The executions in Saudi Arabia last week of more than 40 dissidents - including a prominent Shi'ite cleric - and the subsequent severing of relations with Iran underscore the Saudi royal family's deep concerns about the stability of the kingdom. The mass execution appeared to be a warning that dissidents will not be tolerated. In neighboring Bahrain, protests over the matter continue. Analysts say the unrest could spread into Saudi Arabia's Shi'ite regions. VOA’s Heather Murdock reports from Cairo.

    Analysts: Saudi Arabia Seeks to Project Tough Image Amid Instability

    Heather Murdock

    Published January 06, 2016

    The executions in Saudi Arabia last week of more than 40 dissidents - including a prominent Shi'ite cleric - and the subsequent severing of relations with Iran underscore the Saudi royal family's deep concerns about the stability of the kingdom. The mass execution appeared to be a warning that dissidents will not be tolerated. In neighboring Bahrain, protests over the matter continue. Analysts say the unrest could spread into Saudi Arabia's Shi'ite regions. VOA’s Heather Murdock reports from Cairo.


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