By BADEA ABU AL-NAJA | ARAB NEWS
Saudis savor five years of King Abdullah's benevolent rule
MAKKAH: The fifth anniversary of the Baiah (Pledge of Allegiance) to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah falls on Wednesday. “The Baiah” is the traditional Islamic system of the subjects expressing their approval and welcoming a new ruler.
Since the Pledge of Allegiance on Jamad Al-Thani 26, 1426 (Aug. 1, 2005) the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has witnessed enormous achievements in all fields, including education, health, social affairs, transport, communications, industry, electricity, water and agriculture.
Commenting on King Abdullah’s rule in the past five years, Speaker of the Shoura Council Abdullah Al-Asheikh said the past five years have brought a new era of security, stability, national unity and social cohesion combined with progress in all fields.
“History will record that King Abdullah fulfilled his commitment to the citizens when they gave him the Pledge of Allegiance five years ago. His major concern since then has been the welfare of the people of the Kingdom. He visited all parts of the Kingdom to see them in person and learn their needs. He initiated huge projects worth billions for their welfare,” Al-Asheikh said in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency.