In an interview with Asharq Alawsat, Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, recently named Second Deputy Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, asserts that the reform program initiated by King Abdullah will continue. He said that fulfilling the wishes and aspirations of the Saudi people is the proper role of government. It is heartening to see that the government is bypassing the obstructionist elements within the Al-Saud.

Prince Muqrin: Reform Will Continue in Earnest
Fahd al-Zayabi

Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat—Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, the second deputy prime minister of Saudi Arabia, confirmed that efforts will continue in earnest to bring about the reform sought by King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz.

In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, Prince Muqrin asserted that the recent royal decree paving the way for women to participate in the Shura Council comes within the context of a wider push for reform. This is in addition to the establishment of a national anti-corruption body, the development of judicial systems, and the introduction of councils and bodies to regulate and improve the oil and economy sectors. Prince Muqrin believed that any impartial observer would realize the extent of efforts that have been exerted in all areas during the era of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, spanning from scholarship programs to the increased opening of universities, with heavy impetus placed on the education and health sectors.

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