Newspaper review: Saudi crown prince death mourned; Gaddafi’s burial in limbo

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UAE newspaper review

Today’s papers have mourned the death of Saudi crown prince with main headlines and photograph of late Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

The National reported that the UAE President Sheikh Khalifa has sent a condolence message to Riyadh and ordered the flying of national flag at half-mast at all government institutions.

Khaleej Times published briefs of condolence messages sent by different regional and international leaders while adding that the late crown prince’s funeral will be held on Tuesday after his body was flown back from the US.

Gulf News has quoted several analysts as saying that stability of Saudi Arabia is vital to Middle East and the wider world. The paper also explained that unlike the past, when the King appointed his successor in secret, the Allegiance Council representing each branch of the Al Saud family will vote to approve King Abdullah’s nominated heir under the new succession laws.

POST-GADDAFI LIBYA

“No time for infighting” Khaleej Times has quoted Libyan interim premier as saying amidst ongoing Gaddafis’ death controversy where reports suggest NTC authorities are planning on a secret burial and refusing to hand over the body to his relatives.

Gulf News said Libyan military commanders have ruled out Gaddafi post-mortem as probe to find the circumstances behind late Libyan’s death began. “There will be no post-mortem today, nor any day,” Fathi Al Bashagha told newsmen outside the cold storage in Misrata where Gaddafi’s body is kept.

The National has reported that NTC authorities are about to declare Libya a free nation whereas Mahmoud Jibril, interim prime minister, will step down very soon. The paper quoted the former economic adviser to Gaddafi as saying that elections will take place within eight months that will seek the election of a congress tasked with drafting the constitution and forming another interim government.

JOBS FOR MIDDLE EAST

According to a Khaleej Times report, Jordan’s King Abdullah said 85 million jobs need to be created in the Arab world that has been hit hard by the popular uprisings and civil wars. “The sweeping developments in the Middle East have opened the way to positive change, but in many places, also created painful economic dislocations,” he said in his opening speech at the World Economic Forum (WEF).

The National, in a similar report, said unemployment in the Arab world is around 11.5 per cent quoting figures released by Institute of International Finance (IIF).

EDITORIALS

Today’s Khaleej Times has focused on the fate of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s son Moatassim who was apparently executed in captivity. The editorial questions the events that took place during the last minutes of his life where footages show he was alive and under the NTC captivity. The editor insists that the cold-blooded murders of the former Libyan leader and his son are bound to come haunting the human rights record of the interim rulers while strangely suggesting “the deceased were hardened criminals in the eyes of the law.”

Gulf News’ editorial titled “Eurozone will have to take tough decisions” talks about the need to find a comprehensive and sustainable solution to the worsening debt crises. While focusing on the ongoing summit talks between European leaders, the editor suggests “Greece must be allowed to default and a settlement negotiated that will involve banks taking realistic, if painful losses on their holdings”. The article concludes that “this should limit possible contagion of the debt crises,” otherwise the eurozone crises will continue to be a drag on the world economy.

By Moign Khawaja ~ Editor – Arabian Gazette

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