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Saudi Prince Says Protests May Move to Kingdom, BBC Arabic Says

Feb. 18 (Bloomberg) -- A member of Saudi Arabia’s royal family warned that the Arab world’s largest economy may see protests unless King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz introduces reforms, according to BBC Arabic TV.

Prince Talal Bin Abdul Aziz told the London-based broadcaster in an interview aired last night that “unless problems facing Saudi Arabia are solved, what happened and is still happening in some Arab countries, including Bahrain, could spread to Saudi Arabia, even worse.”

Necessary reforms include developing the Shoura Council and implementing human and women’s rights, BBC Arabic reported on its website, citing Prince Talal. King Abdullah is the only member of the ruling family who believes in such reforms and is able to carry them out, according to the prince.

Prince Talal also supported turning Saudi Arabia into a constitutional monarchy, the BBC added.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mourad Haroutunian in Riyadh at mharoutunian@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Shaji Mathew at shajimathew@bloomberg.net

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