Saudis get Internet hotline to King Abdullah
Publish Date: May 02, 2014
Saudis get Internet hotline to King Abdullah
  • mail
  • img

RIYADH - Saudi citizens can now petition 90-year-old King Abdullah directly and lodge complaints through an Internet site set up at the initiative of the monarch himself.
The portal, named after the Arabic word for communication, was launched on an experimental basis on Wednesday.
All messages are to be forwarded to the king.
"People will be able to inform the king about any shortcomings in the services offered by government agencies, and to take suitable action for the benefit of all citizens," the website says.
More and more Saudis in the ultra-conservative Muslim state are turning to social networking sites to demand improved living conditions.
However, the authorities, who block access to politically sensitive or pornographic websites, made several arrests in March for tweets deemed offensive to the king.
Saudi Arabia is an absolute monarchy where protests are banned.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Rebels battled Saturday to reverse an Islamic State group advance on Syria's Aleppo, as Washington said it would resume talks with Moscow....
N. Korea ready for any US war - leader
North Korea''s leader Kim Jong-Un said Saturday his country could fight any war provoked by the United States....
Pentagon to
The Pentagon-run programme to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State jihadists is being overhauled, US officials said Friday....
Popularity of
AFP - Russian President Vladimir Putin's bullish entry into the Syrian conflict has worked wonders for his popularity in neighbouring Iraq, where some await "Hajji Putin" like a saviour....
NATO head sees
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday there had been a "troubling escalation" in Russian military activity in Syria, after Moscow dramatically expanded its air campaign....
Rwandan court okays Kagame
Rwanda''s Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a legal challenge to constitutional changes designed to allow President Paul Kagame to run for a third term....
Should Makerere University fees policy be reviewed?
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter