Saudi scholars form political party


Saudi scholars have applied to set up their own political party

Ten moderate Saudi scholars say they’ve formed the kingdom’s first political party and have asked the king for recognition.

After the turmoil in Egypt and Tunisia, there have been demands for reforms in Saudi Arabia, which follows strict Islamic rule.

Sheik Mohammed bin Ghanim al-Qahtani says he is on the co-ordination committee of the newly formed Umma Islamic Party.

The party has sent a letter to the Royal Palace requesting recognition.

His statement says it’s time to endorse political rights, including the right to elect a government, promote the role of women in society and preserve women’s rights.

The party’s nine other founding members are university teachers, political activists and businessmen.

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