Saudi prince denies plan to form party

Saudi Prince Talal bin Abdul-Aziz said Thursday he would not form a political party without the approval of his brother, the king of Saudi Arabia.

Saudi prince denies plan to form party
Saudi Prince Talal bin Abdul-Aziz said Thursday he would not form a political party without the approval of his brother, the king of Saudi Arabia.

Prince Talal said in a statement released Thursday he would follow the king's orders on the subject of political reforms.

"Political and civil organizations are not allowed in (the kingdom) until the ruler, King Abdallah, the custodian of the holy shrines, permits it. But driven by our thinking about the future, we just thought we should discuss this and made it conditional on the approval of the ruler. If he refuses, we will follow his orders."

The Prince's statement comes after his televised interview on the privately owned Egyptian TV channel, al-Mihwar, seemed to have angered Riyadh.

Prince Talal, who holds no government post, told al-Mihwar he was planning to form a political party and slammed other princes of the Saudi royal family for what he called their "power monopoly" and standing against reforms.

He described reformers detained by the Saudi government as "prisoners of conscience," saying they should be released or given a fair trial. In his statement, however, the prince stressed his loyalty to the king and the royal family of al Saud saying he would stick by them against outside attacks.

"I may have diasgreements with some of my brothers, but the loyalty of family members to each other and their care for common interests and the prosperity of their people and nation are beyond any doubt," he said.

Prince Talal became known as the "red' prince after he turned against the royal family and chose to live in exile in socialist revolutionary Egypt in the 1960s.

DPA
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