Thousands of Saudi government officials, businessmen, military and security officers continued to throng offices of regional governors yesterday to pledge their allegiance to Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense.
Eastern Province Gov. Prince Muhammad bin Fahd received a large number of civilian and military officials as well as groups of citizens who came to his office in Dammam to express their allegiance. Deputy Gov. Prince Jelawi bin Abdul Aziz was also present.
Addressing the huge crowd, Prince Muhammad commended the great qualities of Prince Salman as an experienced statesman. He praised Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for selecting Prince Salman as crown prince and deputy premier.
“Everybody knows Prince Salman and his knowledge of the Kingdom’s politics and his participation in building this modern state of Saudi Arabia. Everybody knows his wisdom and his deep knowledge of what’s happening around the world,” the governor said.
Prince Salman has established good relations with heads of states and world leaders and has given strong leadership while the Kingdom was going through difficult times, Prince Muhammad said. “So, I would say he is a good successor for a good predecessor.”
Prince Muhammad commended Saudi people for the allegiance to their leadership, adding that it would strengthen the Kingdom’s security and stability. “Saudi people are distinguished from others as they abide by the Islamic faith,” he pointed out.
The governor reiterated Saudi Arabia’s commitment to implement the Shariah, adding that it has strengthened the Kingdom’s position in the world. He said the government under the leadership of King Abdullah and Crown Prince Salman would leave no stone unturned in enhancing the welfare of Saudi citizens.
In Madinah, Gov. Prince Abdul Aziz bin Majed also received hundreds of government officials and citizens who came to pledge their allegiance. He said Prince Salman would be a good support for King Abdullah to take the Kingdom to greater progress and prosperity.
Qassim Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar received a large number of citizens who came to pledge their support for Prince Salman. They included judges, directors of government departments and military and police officers and wished every success to Prince Salman.
The Shoura Council congratulated Prince Salman on his new appointment as crown prince and deputy premier. The Shoura members also congratulated and offered their best wishes to Prince Ahmed, who took over as interior minister.
Abdullah Al-Shahri, governor of the Electricity Co-Generation Regulatory Authority, also congratulated Prince Salman on his appointment as crown prince and deputy premier.
“All citizens in the Kingdom should be proud of the selection of Prince Salman as crown prince. He is an experienced statesman. He is well versed in politics and administration. We pray that the Almighty help him shoulder this responsibility in the best form,” Al-Shahri said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency.