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Saudi’s Prince Talal resigns from Allegiance Council

Father of billionaire Prince Alwaleed steps down from panel overseeing Saudi succession plan

Saudi’s Prince Talal resigns from Allegiance Council
Senior Saudi royal, Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz

A
prominent half-brother of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has resigned from the
Allegiance Council, the body responsible for overseeing succession in the
world's top oil exporter, according to his website.

Prince
Talal bin Abdulaziz, father of billionaire Alwaleed bin Talal, is considered
one of the most vocal supporters of reform in the ruling Al Saud family.

His
resignation comes three weeks after Prince Nayef, perceived as a conservative
who has blocked reforms in the past, was named heir to the throne.

Prince
Talal's website gave no reason for his resignation. "After informing King
Abdullah, Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz announced his resignation from the
Allegiance Council," it said on Wednesday.

His
resignation means one of his sons might take his position in the council.

The
Allegiance Council was created by King Abdullah five years ago to represent
each branch of the Al Saud family in the selection of future heirs to the
throne.

In 2009,
Prince Talal objected to the royal court's announcement that Prince Nayef had
been promoted to second deputy prime minister, a position that meant he was
second in line to the throne. He said the council should have been consulted
before the decision was taken.

"I
call on the royal court to clarify what is meant by this nomination and that it
does not mean that he [Prince Nayef] will become crown prince," Prince
Talal said in a faxed statement in 2009.

Saudi
authorities revoked Prince Talal's passport in the early 1960s when he pressed
for a constitutional monarchy and allied himself to late Egyptian President
Gamal Abdel Nasser, the arch-foe of the Saudi monarchy.

Prince
Talal was later allowed to return to the kingdom after toning down his
rhetoric.

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nani 8 years ago

The council that has been appointed by the king has it's responsibility and duty to carry out.
The council should have been consulted before making any announcement as has been claimed by Prince Talal.He is right.
His opposition to Prince naif's appointment as second deputy and then the crown prince has a valid reason.
The mindset of Prince naif is conservative that goes against the west's and US interest which may trigger the US to to hatch a plan that it did in Iraq and Libya.In my opinion,Prince Talal is a visionary and his advise must be respected in the interest of the vision of King abdul Aziz.
We muslims dont want to loose the royal family of Saudi Arabia,we love them too much and we particularly pray for King Abdullah and now Prince salman.All teh five fingers of a hand are not same,so all the children of King Abdul Aziz cannot have same mindset and same heart.