The senior member of Saudi royal family al-Saud, Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz died at 87 as announced by the Saudi royal court on Saturday
Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz, a senior member of the al-Saud family passed away at 87, said the Saudi royal court on Saturday. He was being treated in the capital city of Riyadh and the cause of death remains unclear, however, the Prince was known to be suffering from poor health for several years.
The member of the Royal family was an active supporter of reforms in the Saudi Kingdom. Known for his liberal stance, he pushed for the rule of law and equality before the law in the country. In the late 1950s, Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz led Saudi’s liberal political movement, Free Princes Movement. In 1961, he tabled the idea of establishing a constitution in Saudi Arabia.
Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz’s billionaire businessman son, Prince Al Waleed bin Talal took to Twitter, stating, “Prince Talal was called by God on Saturday.”
Politically, the Prince held many important positions in the 1950s and 1960s such as the Minister of Communication and Minister of Finance. Later in his career, Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz worked with the Allegiance Council, which is responsible for overseeing the royal succession in the world’s top oil exporter.
He also made efforts to bring about reforms for the women of Saudi Arabia, supporting greater rights to work and the right to drive for Saudi women.
According to the Saudi royal court, the funeral will be held in Riyadh’s Imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque on Sunday.