19 Mar '11, 9am

News: Saudi king orders more handouts, security boost: RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - Saudi King Abdulla... www.goo.gl/vn7U

News: Saudi king orders more handouts, security boost: RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - Saudi King Abdulla... www.goo.gl/vn7U

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - Saudi King Abdullah announced on Friday billions of dollars in handouts for his people and boosted his security apparatus in a renewed effort to shield the world's top oil exporter from unrest rocking the Arab world. In a rare televised address to the nation, the ageing king made a brief statement congratulating Saudis for their loyalty and national unity before a battery of decrees were read out suggesting he was embracing increasingly conservative policies. Amongst a wave of new spending, the decrees outlined a boost in welfare benefits, bonuses for public sector workers, including the army, and a massive drive to build new housing. In addition, the king ordered the creation of 60,000 security jobs within the interior ministry, promised more money for the religious police and, in a sign Saudi's ruling Sunni elite will tolerate no dissent, said the ...

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