Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology - Saudi Arabia

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology - Saudi Arabia

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See also Libya, Turkey, Yemen

Oct. 22: Sultan bin 'Abd al-'Aziz, the heir to the Saudi throne, died at the age of 85 after succumbing to colon cancer. He served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense and Aviation at the time of his death. The question of succession was immediately raised. [Guardian, 10/22]

Oct. 27: Prince Nayif bin 'Abd al-'Aziz was named the Saudi Crown Prince, and therefore the successor to the Saudi throne. This was the first time that the Allegiance Council confirmed the King's choice of heir. Previously the Interior Minister, Nayif was known to be conservative and close to the Saudi religious establishment. [Reuters, 10/27]

Oct. 29: The "al-Qa'ida lady," the first woman in Saudi Arabia to be tried for her connection to the jihadist network, was sentenced to 15 years in prison from the date of her arrest for involvement with the organization. She was found guilty of sheltering people wanted over security matters, inciting terror acts in the Kingdom, providing terrorists with two pistols, and helping to finance the organization through collected donations. She denied the charges and claimed that she was held captive by the al-Qa'ida members she had been married to. [GN, 10/29]

Nov. 5: The Saudi King 'Abdullah named Prince Salman bin 'Abd al-'Aziz, former governor of Riyadh, the new Saudi Minister of Defense. Prince Salman would be responsible for multi-billion dollar arms purchases, although the Ministry of Defense would no longer be responsible for the general civil aviation authority which owned Saudi Arabian Airlines. [Reuters, 11/5]

Nov. 22: Seventeen men were sentenced to up to 30 years each for sedition after they were detained in 2007 for meeting in Jidda to discuss political change in Saudi Arabia. Additional charges included attempting to seize power, incitement against the King, financing terrorism, money laundering, and trying to set up a political party. Amnesty International described the men simply as advocates of peaceful political reform. [Reuters, 11/22]

Nov. 23: Two people were killed in a clash in the Eastern province of Saudi Arabia during the funeral for one of two people killed in attacks on security checkpoints. The government allegedly implied that those provoking the attacks were Shi'a and were therefore under the influence of Iran. Protestors reportedly returned to the streets after evening prayers and riot police began to shoot at them. …

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