Moderate Saudi scholars form kingdom`s first party

Ten moderate Saudi scholars say they`ve formed the kingdom`s first political party and have asked the king for recognition.

Last Updated: Feb 11, 2011, 00:27 AM IST

Riyadh: Ten moderate Saudi
scholars say they`ve formed the kingdom`s first political
party and have asked the king for recognition.

After the turmoil in Egypt and Tunisia, there have
been demands for reforms in Saudi Arabia, which follows strict
Islamic rule.

Sheik Mohammed bin Ghanim al-Qahtani said today he is
on the coordination committee of the newly formed Umma Islamic
Party. He says the party sent a letter to the Royal Palace
yesterday requesting recognition.

His statement says it`s time to endorse political
rights, including the right to elect a government, promote the
role of women in society and preserve women`s rights.
The party`s nine other founding members are university
teachers, political activists and businessmen.

PTI