Abdulaziz drove Saudi Arabia's economic development: DTA

28 Jan 2015 12:49pm
WINDHOEK, 28 JAN (NAMPA) - DTA of Namibia president McHenry Venaani described the late King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia as a moderate reformer who had driven his country's political and economic development forward.
Abdulaziz died on 23 January this year in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia at the age of 90.
Venaani said in a media statement issued on Wednesday that the late king advocated for women's rights in the area of education, political participation and economic independence.
“Under his leadership, Saudi Arabia changed to become more progressive, an inclusive state and exemplary Gulf state,” the opposition leader noted.
Abdulaziz was born on 01 August 1924, and ascended to the throne on 01 August 2005 upon the death of his half-brother, King Fahd bin Abdulaziz.
His successor is his 79-year-old half-brother, Crown Prince Salman.