Saudi Columnist: Substantial Political Reforms Are Necessary In Saudi Arabia

Khalid Al-Dakhil, a columnist for the London-based Saudi daily Al-Hayat, devoted two columns to the potential repercussions of the Arab Spring for Saudi Arabia. He argued that the country cannot disassociate itself from the changes wrought by the Arab Spring in the region, and must not be complacent. Rather, he said, its regime should enact substantial political and economic reforms in order to preserve its stability and prevent a slide towards anarchy, as happened in Syria.

The following are excerpts from the two columns:

Khalid Al-Dakhil, a columnist for the London-based Saudi daily Al-Hayat, devoted two columns to the potential repercussions of the Arab Spring for Saudi Arabia. He argued that the country cannot disassociate itself from the changes wrought by the Arab Spring in the region, and must not be complacent. Rather, he said, its regime should enact substantial political and economic reforms in order to preserve its stability and prevent a slide towards anarchy, as happened in Syria. The following are excerpts from the two columns:

Saudi Arabia Cannot Be Disconnected From The Changes In The Arab World

In the first column, published December 16, 2012, Al-Dakhil wrote: “…There is a near consensus that the Arab World will never again be the same as it was before the [Arab] Spring. The popular attitude in the region is rapidly changing, as is clearly indicated by [what is happening on] the streets in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and Kuwait, and by the battles that have been raging throughout Syria for 20 months… Those who follow Twitter in the Arab world, especially in Saudi Arabia, will notice that the change in popular attitudes is not unique to countries in which the spring storm has occurred…”

Source: MEMRI

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