Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Saudi Arabia

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Saudi Arabia

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2003

Oct. 20: In response to domestic and international pressure, Saudi authorities announced that Saudi citizens would be allowed partial participation in direct municipal elections by the end of 2004. Furthermore, partial legislative elections would take place within three years. [AN, 10/20]

Oct. 25: An American diplomatic advisory issued by the US Embassy in Riyadh warned that terrorist organizations in Saudi Arabia might strike during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. [NYT, 10/26]

Nov. 2: Salih bin Humayd, the Saudi Shura Council chairman, announced that Saudi Arabia would begin televising excerpts from the weekly sessions of the kingdom's Shura (consultative council). The move was designed to involve the public in the activities of the 120-member council. [FT, 11/3]

Nov. 8: At least 17 people were killed and 120 injured in a car bomb attack targeting the al-Muhaya residential compound. Saudi, Sudanese, Egyptian, and Lebanese nationals were among the fatalities. Saudi and US officials suspected al-Qa'ida. [FT, 11/10]

Nov. 12: Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef rejected an offer by four clerics to mediate with the militants behind the recent suicide bombing in Riyadh, Prince Nayef, known to be a hard-liner, remarked that the government would handle the militants with "the rifle and the sword." [WP, 11/13]

Nov. 24: More than 10 people suspected of links to al-Qa'ida were arrested in Riyadh. The arrests were made following the November eight bombings of the al-Muhaya residential compound west of Riyadh. [MEO, 11/24]

Nov. 29: King Fahd offered the Shura Council greater legislative authority, allowing the council to propose amendments and laws without consent of the King. …

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