First Published: 2005-08-03

 
Prince Talal hails smooth transition of power
 

Maverick Saudi royal’s daughter says her father should not be ignored in any discussion concerning line to throne.

 

Middle East Online

Prince Talal does not hold any official position inside Saudi Arabia

RIYADH - A maverick half-brother of the late King Fahd whose reformist views have clashed with conservative Saudi policies on Tuesday hailed the smooth transition of power in the oil-rich country, saying it confounded claims of instability.

"The smoothness, calmness and flexibility which marked the transition of power to King Abdullah and his Crown Prince Sultan are doubtless clear indicators of the stability of the kingdom," Prince Talal bin Abdul Aziz said in a statement.

"What I saw for myself... as (ruling) family members pledged allegiance to King Abdullah, confirms that things went in a cordial and easy way," he said.

This also "refutes exaggerated rumors" in some media which "propagated unsound expectations" about the kingdom, Talal said.

Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, who as crown prince was Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler since Fahd suffered a stroke in 1995, was endorsed by the Al-Saud ruling family as new monarch after Fahd's death on Monday.

Family members also pledged allegiance to Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, who was chosen as the new crown prince and deputy prime minister.

But the post of second deputy prime minister - occupied since its creation in 1982 by Prince Sultan in acknowledgement of his position as second in line to the throne back then - has so far been left vacant.

Prince Talal's daughter, Princess Sarah, said on Monday that her father should not be ignored in any discussion concerning the line to the throne.

Talal, who served in the past as a finance minister, has been largely marginalised by stronger figures within the royal family and currently does not hold any official position inside Saudi Arabia.

The prince said Saudis looked forward to Abdullah "completing the steps toward economic, political and social reform begun during King Fahd's reign."

 

Warring Syrians set for first face-to-face at Astana

Turkey moves closer to expanding Erdogan powers

IS demolishes more monuments in recaptured Palmyra

Bodies of firemen recovered from Tehran tower

Police, ruling party hit by attacks in Istanbul

Bomb kills 4 in refugee camp near Syrian border with Jordan

Egypt says political solution 'only way' for Libya ahead of talks

Turkey concedes including Assad in Syria talks

Netanyahu congratulates ‘friend’ Trump in tweet

Israel denounces Belgian plan to interrogate ex-minister

Denmark grants soldiers permission to fight IS in Syria

Car bomb near Benghazi mosque wounds 12

UN calls IS destruction of Palmyra relics ‘war crime’

Armed settlers rescued from angry Palestinian villagers

Petition filed for Israeli court to return body of Bedouin

29 Yemen rebels killed by Saudi-led air strikes

Iran losing hope of saving trapped firefighters

Algeria’s Islamist parties unite ahead of April elections

British worker dies on Qatar 2022 World Cup site

Search continues for trapped Iran firefighters

More than 40 jihadists killed in north Syria air strikes

Trump to be sworn in as 45th US president

Trump to retain envoy to anti-IS coalition

More than 20 firefighters feared dead in Tehran building collapse

Explosions in Gaza target Fatah member

UN expert tells Saudi to end ban on women driving

Desalination plant opens in Gaza to tackle water crisis

Syria’s Assad hopes rebels disarm after Astana talks

UN says 400,000 Syrian child refugees in Turkey not in school

Libya PM skips Davos to focus on electricity crisis

Greece, Cyprus insist peace deal must include Turkish withdrawal

Mistura to lead UN delegation at Astana Syria talks

Turkey slams French satire song about Istanbul attack

Saudi minister says kingdom to become ‘softer’ after reforms

Bahrain lifts ban on electronic Al-Wasat newspaper

Arab Israelis strike in protest over house demolitions

Iran sees Syria talks as opportunity to gain influence

Kuwait upholds sentence for three royals for insulting judges

Tunisia facing mounting calls against jail-for-joint law

Iran's oldest high-rise building on fire collapses

IMF says Egypt on track for next aid tranche

Bahrain police disperse Shiite protesters

Key Syria rebel group opts out of Astana peace talks

Moroccan Sufi ‘living master’ dies at 95

France says Iraqi jihadist among 2015 stadium bombers