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.