Brief Information On King Abdullah Of Saudi Arabia

King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia died at the age of 90. He ruled over his oil-rich, intensely religious and often divided nation at a time of unprecedented cataclysm in the Arab and Muslim worlds.

When he became the King of Saudi Arabia and succeeded to the throne of equally significant office of Title of the Two Holy Mosques, he had already been an effective ruler for 10 years. His half-brother King Fahd, suffered from a debilitating stroke after which he decided to delegate the Kingdom to Abdullah.

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Therefore Abdullah, as crown prince, had to deal with the consequences from the 9/11 attacks on the United States, for which his people were largely responsible as both stimulus and committers.

The distrust from the USA and the West set him apart from Fahd and other precursors, but these differences also laid the path for a person who had won high-political honor in his formative years as a traditionalist to establish an idiosyncratic and more liberal approach to governance as ruler.

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He tried to liberalize the economy of the country and became known to be a leader who works in favor of Saudi women by appointing a woman minister, promoting female education and other works.

Though, his plans for faster development were ruined by the Arab Spring, a series of pro-democracy revolutions that encased several Muslim countries. This was the worst nightmare that comes true.

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In few months King Abdullah had ended the reversion to traditional totalitarianism, jailing human rights workers, attorneys and promoters of political Islam, and denying giving ground on the increasing dispute of the ban on women drivers.

To summarize, King Abdullah was an admirable leader who worked in favor of his people, especially the women. He made a special place in the heart of people of Saudi Arabia. Such rulers are born once in a while.