Nation pledges allegiance to Salman

Updated 27 January 2015

Nation pledges allegiance to Salman

Thousands of tearful mourners descended on Al-Yamamah Palace on Saturday to offer condolences to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman following the death of King Abdullah on Friday.
Islamic scholars, tribal chiefs and officials also pledged allegiance to King Salman in the ceremony seen as a public endorsement of the new king.
After pledging his allegiance, Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh said: “On this blessed day, we pledge allegiance to King Salman as the legitimate king, Prince Muqrin as crown prince, Prince Mohammed bin Naif as deputy crown prince.” He added: “Dear brothers and sisters, we must maintain security and stability in the Kingdom.”
He offered King Salman religious advice, praying to God to support him and grant him patience. The royal court will also hold a condolence ceremony on Sunday night.
Speaking to Arab News, Amin Al-Jaafri, deputy speaker of the Shoura Council, said: “We have lost a wise leader (King Abdullah), who dedicated his life and efforts to serve his nation, and he remained the guardian of security and stability in the country as well as in the region.”
Al-Jaafri added: “He played a major role in strengthening solidarity among Arab countries and he was the ardent promoter of interfaith dialogue and peace in the region. He also rejected violence and extremism that affected peaceful coexistence.”
Owaidah A. Awaji, a faculty member of King Saud University, said: Such a huge presence of mourners today indicates that what matters for average citizen is not the international relations, but the present and the future of the Saudi generation.”
Awaji added: “More than a century has passed since Saudi Arabia’s unification, and the Kingdom today is standing strong while many neighboring countries are experiencing upheavals.”
He said the business would be as usual on Sunday. “There is no specified mourning period as per Shariah, which prohibits ostentatious displays of grief or mourning, akin to idolatry.”
Commenting on the new king, Bruce Riedel, senior fellow and director of the Brookings Intelligence Project, said: “King Salman presided over the remarkable transformation with a record for good governance and a lack of corruption since he was appointed as governor of Riyadh region.”


Saudi Arabia announces 26 more deaths from COVID-19

Updated 01 October 2020

Saudi Arabia announces 26 more deaths from COVID-19

  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 319,746
  • A total of 4,794 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

LONDON: Saudi Arabia announced 26 more deaths from the coronavirus and 492 new cases of the disease on Thursday.
Of the new cases, 55 were recorded in Madinah, 39 in Jeddah, 39 in Makkah, 27 in Dhahran, 26 in Riyadh and 26 in Hufof.
The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 319,746 after 592 more patients recovered from the virus.
A total of 4,794 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.