Saudi Arabia: King Abdullah To Address Nation Friday


Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah will address the nation at 2 p.m on Friday, a statement of the Royal Court said on Thursday. The king will also issue a number of royal decrees, the statement quoted by the Saudi Press Agency said.

On his return from abroad after a three-month-long medical trip on Feb. 23, Custodian of King Abdullah announced a series of benefits for citizens worth more than SR135 billion ($36 billion).

The king also issued a decree to make the status of temporary government employees permanent. The order will benefit close to 180,000 employees currently working in various government departments and projects.

Thousands of prisoners are also being released following a pardon announced by the king.

Arab News

Arab News is Saudi Arabia's first English-language newspaper. It was founded in 1975 by Hisham and Mohammed Ali Hafiz. Today, it is one of 29 publications produced by Saudi Research & Publishing Company (SRPC), a subsidiary of Saudi Research & Marketing Group (SRMG).

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