Saudi prince Talal warns of uprising threat

Friday, February 18, 2011
By Paul Martin

The Australian
February 18, 2011

A SENIOR member of the Saudi royal family has warned that the oil-rich country could be harmed by the uprisings sweeping the Arab world unless it speeded up reforms.
Prince Talal bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud told BBC Arabic that “anything could happen” if King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz did not proceed with a program of political transformation.
“King Abdullah … is the only person who can carry out these reforms,” the prince told the broadcaster.
“On his departure, may that be in many years to come, latent trouble will surface and I have warned of this on many occasions. We need to resolve the problems in his lifetime,” the prince added.
Talal added that if Saudi authorities “don’t give more concern to the demands of the people, anything could happen in this country”.

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