Arab Monarchs Move to Consolidate Power in Wake of Tunisia Uprising

Posted on January 26, 2011

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EP : Amman – In effort to consolidate their power in the wake of Tunisia’s unprecedented popular uprising, several Arab monarchs are expanding their honorific designations. King Abdullah of Jordan, who was previously titled “His Majesty” will now be referred to as “His Ultimate Infinite Royal Eminence.” King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, previously known as “His Royal Highness,” will now be officially referred to as “His Absolute Supreme Infinite Magnificence.” The measures are an effort by the monarchs to command greater authority and respect on the Arab street, which they were told increasingly see them as ineffectual, subservient and cowardly.

King Abdullah of Saudia Arabia warns King Abdullah of Jordan not to adopt an official title more elaborate than his own.

In a press conference from his home in Amman, King Abdullah of Jordan explained that the new title is more accurate in describing his important role as leader of the Hashemite Kingdom and better reflects how Jordanians should perceive him. “I think what people want are strong leaders that stand up for their nation. In the absence of this, if their leaders have strong titles, then I think people will be happy” said the King. In response to questions from reporters, the King said he did not think the new title would have any impact on the unemployment rate in Jordan, but he did say that unemployed people would likely feel better about themselves and their King given his new title.

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, still upset over the wikileaks revelations that portrayed him as craven and largely spineless, said he felt the new title would garner respect not only amongst his own people, but also with the wider international community. “I do not think anyone else is the world has a title equal to mine” said the King. When asked by reporters whether he was concerned the popular uprising in Tunisia would spread to Saudia Arabia, the King responded “I own several dogs. When they no longer obey me,  I shoot them.”

Jackson Wilson, a senior analyst at the Center for Strategic International Studies, expressed skepticism as to how effective this new initiative will be: “I think this is more of an ego thing” he explained, “and I believe the use of violence, torture, fear and intimidation and foreign patronage will remain the most effective tools for keeping these guys in power.”

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