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.