The oil-steeped Sultanate of Brunei is awash in reports that a turf war for power has broken out between Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and his younger brother, Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, the minister of foreign affairs and trade. The story started to come to light when Timothy Ong, one of Brunei's most prominent Chinese citizens, was suddenly and mysteriously cashiered from the acting chairmanship of the Brunei Economic Development Board. The board previously was under the control of the sultanate's foreign ministry. The agency was merged with the Brunei Economic Planning and Development Department, which in turn is under the sultan's control.
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