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Crowning of a King

King Abdulla bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud was crowned on August 1, 2005, after being the de facto ruler of the kingdom for nearly a decade. He is seen by many people in Saudi Arabia as a more compassionate, progressive king than his predecessor, his half-brother.

King Abdulla

King Abdulla bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud in Riyadh. Obtained from Ammar Abd Rabbo on Flickr. The image is under a Creative Commons license.

Even though Saudi Arabia is still a country with many restrictions placed on its citizens and residents, under King Abdulla's rule, people are starting to see changes.

With the case of the people using Facebook to protest online, the Saudi monarch called for investigations into possible corruption and negligence leading up to hundreds of people drowning in the Saudi city of Jeddah.

King Abdulla has been pushing for years for reform. However, because Saudis are so varied in their beliefs - from ultra-conservative to radically liberal - change cannot happen too quickly. Even the king is limited within his own country, because Saudi Arabia is bound to Shariah rule and old traditions. Change will most certainly not happen overnight in this country.

Crowning of a King > Pardoning of a Journalist