Saudi King dismisses conservative adviser

Last Updated: Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 18:45

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia`s official news agency says that King Abdullah has dismissed a conservative adviser after he publicly criticised reforms aimed at easing restrictions on women.

Sheik Abdul-Mohsen al-Obeikan had told a local radio station that officials were working to Westernise and secularise the country`s laws by "removing women from their natural position”.

The Saudi Press Agency published yesterday al-Obeikan`s dismissal without giving further details.

Saudi Arabia, home to Islam`s holiest sites, implements a strict interpretation of the religion and prohibits unrelated men and women from mingling.

King Abdullah has irked the country`s hardline clerics by easing some restrictions and allowing women to vote and run in 2015 municipal elections.


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First Published: Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 18:45

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