Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah dies at 90, on 31 December 2015.
Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who had been king since 2005 and effectively in charge since his brother Fahd’s stroke in 1995, accepted limited change after 2011 in response to the Arab spring. Yet Saudi women are still not allowed to drive, citizens are unable to vote except in municipal elections and public beheading by sword remains a standard feature of the judicial system. Political parties are banned. [The guardian]
Here are some pictures of the Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, with some Arab and world presidents, such as Hosni Mubarak, Jordan’s King Abdullah II, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, in addition to other individual photos.