Saudi dynasty should leave power: Iranian cleric

Shiite activists in Arab states of the Gulf are frequently accused of having links with their co-religionists in the Islamic republic.

Last Updated: Nov 25, 2011, 19:33 PM IST

Tehran: Saudi Arabia`s ruling Al-Saud
dynasty should give up power, a hardline senior Iranian cleric
said on Friday, warning that the fate of Egypt`s toppled president
Hosni Mubarak awaits Saudi King Abdullah.

"You should give up power and leave it to the people.
They will establish a people`s government," Ayatollah Ahmad
Jannati said in the weekly Muslim prayers at Tehran
University.

"It is better for the Al-Saud to awaken. The fate of the
Egyptian pharaoh (Hosni Mubarak) and that of the (fallen)
strongmen in Libya and Tunisia, ultimately, awaits the Saudi
pharaoh (King Abdullah)... You should be careful," he said.

His remarks, broadcast on state radio, follow protests
this week among the Shiite minority in Saudi Arabia`s oil-rich
east, resulting in four deaths since Sunday.

Shiite activists in Arab states of the Gulf are
frequently accused of having links with their co-religionists
in the Islamic republic.

On Wednesday, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud
al-Faisal accused Iran of interfering in neighbouring Gulf
states.

Tensions have heightened between Tehran and Riyadh
following a US allegations of an Iranian plot to assassinate
the Saudi ambassador to Washington, something Tehran has
repeatedly denied.

Another point of contention between the two has been the
Saudi military intervention in March in the Sunni-ruled Gulf
kingdom of Bahrain to help its government quash pro-democracy
protests led by the Shiite majority there.

PTI