Saudi King grants citizens “electronic gate” for direct feedback

By Toby Manhire In The Internaut

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Citizens of Saudi Arabia discontent with the operations of government now have a direct line to the throne. An “electronic gate to communicate with the King”, reports the Saudi Gazette, has been built because 89-year old King Abdullah “is keen to communicate with his people, listen to their complaints and hear their suggestions and ideas”.

How has the initiative gone down? “Saudis have wholeheartedly welcomed the Royal Court’s new move as an excellent and strategic step,” chirps the Arab News.

A “political analyst” quoted by the paper said the site was “a valuable gift to citizens on the ninth anniversary of the king’s accession to the throne”, adding that the monarch had already “won the hearts of citizens through his various welfare programmes”.

It seems unlikely that the new platform will see an outpouring of furious complaint, however; the kingdom is no place for protesters. Most recently, the regime declared atheism to be unlawful, as part of creating what Human Rights Watch calls “a legal framework that appears to criminalise virtually all dissident thought or expression as terrorism”.

Via BBC Monitoring

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