Talal bin Abdul-Aziz

Talal bin Abdul-Aziz

Prince Talal bin Abdul-Aziz, also called The Red Prince, is a senior member of the Saudi royal family, and has led the Arab Gulf Program For the United Nations Development (AGFUND) since 1986. He is a former ambassador to France. He served as Minister of Communications till 1955 before the Ministry was dissolved into the Ministry of Finance. Talal led the reformist Free Prince Movement from 1958-64. He is not a likely candidate to the succession to the Saudi throne.
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  • 2012
    Age 80
    His daughter Sara claimed political asylum in the United Kingdom over fears for her safety in Saudi Arabia on 7 July 2012.
    In his June 2012 Al Quds Al Arabi interview, Prince Talal stated that the princes on the Allegiance Council were not consulted on the succession of Prince Salman and that the Council became ineffective.
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    In April 2012, he said that the "hand of justice" should reach all the corrupt in Saudi Arabia, and called on the National Anti-Corruption Authority (NACA) to reach everyone, regardless of status.
  • 2011
    Age 79
    He resigned from the Council in November 2011, apparently in protest of late Prince Nayef's appointment as Crown Prince.
    Prince Nayef was in fact named crown prince in October 2011 following the death of his brother, Prince Sultan.
  • 2009
    Age 77
    In March 2009, Prince Talal called on King Abdullah to clarify the appointment of Prince Nayef as Second Deputy Prime Minister.
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  • 2007
    Age 75
    Prince Talal was a member of the Allegiance Council when the members were named in 2007.
    In September 2007, he announced his desire to form a political party (illegal in Saudi Arabia) to advance his goal of liberalizing the country.
  • 1963
    Age 31
    On 8 September 1963, The Sunday Telegraph reported that Talal’s mother, Munaiyir, advised her son that he was behaving foolishly, while his younger sister Madawi kept asking him to return home.
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  • 1962
    Age 30
    The marriage collapsed in 1962; they remained separated until their divorce in 1968.
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    Prince Talal adopted the name of the 'Free Princes' in Cairo on 19 August 1962, and broadcast his progressive views on the Voice of the Arabs from Cairo.
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    After his palaces were searched by the National Guard when Prince Talal was abroad, he held a press conference in Beirut on 15 August 1962.
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  • 1961
    Age 29
    The other reason for the removal of Prince Talal is that he proposed in September 1961 to establish a constitution in Saudi Arabia.
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    King Saud appointed Prince Talal in 1961.
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  • 1957
    Age 25
    He donated his own birthplace palace — Al-Zahra Palace in Taif — to for a school in 1957.
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  • 1955
    Age 23
    The dispute ended when Prince Talal resigned in April 1955.
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  • 1931
    In 1931, Talal was born and named in honor of his late brother, following the Bedouin tradition.
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