Shoura lauds people for maintaining unity

Updated 26 May 2015
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Shoura lauds people for maintaining unity

RIYADH: The Shoura Council denounced the terrorist act committed by a citizen in an Al-Qadeeh mosque in Qatif, which resulted in the death of 21 worshippers and injuries to over 100.
In a statement at its 41st ordinary session, chaired by Amin Al-Jaafri, the council expressed its deepest condolences to the families of the martyrs and asked Allah Almighty to bestow quick recovery to the injured.
“This cowardly terrorist act, which has saddened the hearts of all people, was carried out by those … who have sold themselves to the devil and whose attitudes were betting on the enemies of Islam,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, the house lauded the national spirit shown by the sons of Al-Qadeeh and Qatif. The house felt that the perpetrators wanted to create a rift between sects, but instead the incident brought people together under one umbrella on a common understanding against terrorist actions.
Council members appreciated the stance of scholars and citizens across the Kingdom over their denouncement of this terrorist act and their adherence to national unity.
They also appreciated the quick response of security forces to the incident and the timely report of the details of the terrorist act which, they said, contributed a great deal to eliminating malicious rumors and demonstrated the vigilance of security forces.
The council expressed full support for all measures taken by the government of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman in the fight against and eradication of terrorism in a way that will preserve security and stability of the Kingdom, and protect the Saudi youth from deviant ideas.


FaceOf: Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi, president of the General Authority for Statistics 

Updated 22 August 2018
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FaceOf: Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi, president of the General Authority for Statistics 

Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi has been the president of the General Authority for Statistics (GASTAT) since his appointment to the post in May 2016.

On Monday GASTAT announced this year’s Hajj statistics, revealing detailed information on the number of pilgrims (which amounted to 2,371,675) performing Hajj this year, their genders, nationalities and whether they arrived through air, land or seaports.

The president conveyed his gratitude to all government and security entities that helped the authority to collect data, and praised the 450 GASTAT researchers who worked to compile the information and deliver it to the public.

He said that the collected data would help facilitate better experiences and easier pilgrimages for future programs, and better services for pilgrims — from social to health, and transportation to security and food.

Altekhaifi received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from King Saud University in 1992, a master’s degree in statistics from Colorado State University in 1996, and his applied statistics and research methodology Ph.D. from the University of Northern Colorado in 2001.

He worked as a manager of a financial program at the Institute of Public Administration in Riyadh from 1993 to 2005. For two years after that, he was a project director at the EIS department in Zuhair Fayez Partnership Consultants.

In 2007, Altekhaifi was appointed a manager of the research department at the Capital Market Authority, before becoming assistant deputy minister for development in November 2011. 

In June 2015, he was the director general of the Central Department of Statistics and Information. He served as the acting president of GASTAT in February 2016, before being appointed president on May 2016.