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06-05-2012, 12:01 AM
From the view point of Saudi Arabia in what ways are they a Democracy they claim to be in this interview ?

In a rare interview, then-Crown Prince Abdullah, now the king of Saudi Arabia, answers questions about democracy in his kingdom, his 2002 visit with President Bush in Crawford, Texas, and how the struggle today with Al Qaeda and other fundamentalists compares to his father King Abd al-Aziz's confrontation in the 1920s with the fervent Wahhabi Islamists, the Ikhwan. This interview, translated from Arabic, was conducted by producer Martin Smith on December 11, 2004 in Riyadh.

Can you say in just a few words what's your vision for the future of Saudi Arabia?
God willing, a prosperous future.

What is the legitimacy of the monarchy based on?
The legitimacy is the Islamic shari'a, Islam and the glorious Quran.

Do you expect this to ever become a representative democracy?
I believe it is now a democracy.



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06-05-2012, 04:32 AM
I am not sure people actually understand what democracy is and what an inferior system it is.. regardless putting all that aside democracy is simply a process it is the constitution and political principals of governance that play a bigger role. So what if you have a democratically elected president in a crappy system and the official elected by a landslide is a despot..
Politicians and reporters are weaved of the same cloth aren't they.. they do each other's bidding..

06-05-2012, 03:28 PM
It's called rhetoric.

06-05-2012, 04:15 PM
They love to champion democracy but i'd rather be ruled by an islamic anti-democrat than a democratically elected maniac

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