First Published: 2013-04-03

 

Alwaleed bin Talal: Revolutions of ‘Arab Chaos’ won’t reach Gulf region

 

Saudi billionaire prince says politics of new Islamist-dominated governments ‘do not reflect peoples’ aspirations... for freedom and justice.’

 

Middle East Online

‘Our leaders look after their peoples’ interests’

RIYADH – Saudi billionaire prince Prince Alwaleed regretted the "negative" outcome of Arab Spring uprisings, saying the politics of new Islamist-dominated governments "do not reflect the aspirations of the people ... for freedom and justice."

Prince Alwaleed, the richest Arab businessman and a nephew of King Abdullah, said in a television interview aired late Tuesday that uprisings which toppled strong Arab leaders would not reach the Gulf monarchies, where "the leaders look after the interests of their peoples," said the prince.

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has also called for parliamentary elections in the absolute monarchy where the king names members of a toothless Shura consultative council.

The Prince added that the monarch's January decision to appoint 30 women to the council was "very important" but needed to go further.

"For this to become historic, I think two things are essential: first, elections, even if partial, and, more importantly, (giving) powers," he said in the interview aired on several channels, most belonging to his media empire.

The prince also said that ending a ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia was a matter of time, despite strong resistance from religious conservatives in the desert kingdom that is the birthplace of Islam.

"I think that driving (for women) is definitely coming," he said, playing up the economic benefits of saving wages paid to foreign drivers.

 

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