Saudi Arabia: Citizens may message the king directly

The Tawasol website Saudis can now petition their King through a special website

Web users in Saudi Arabia can now petition their king directly through a website, it seems.

The site, called Tawasol (Communication), was launched on the orders of King Abdullah, who is keen to hear his citizens' complaints, ideas and suggestions, the Saudi Gazette reports. Every message will be forwarded to the king, the paper adds.

Saudis can use the portal to lodge complaints against government departments and send applications for medical assistance, the Arab News says. A statement posted on the website says, "People will be able to inform the king about any shortcomings in the services offered by government agencies, and to take suitable action for the benefit of all citizens."

Saudi Arabia has an uneasy relationship with the internet. While the country portrays itself as a "wired" society with millions of people using the internet for everyday tasks, it also admits to filtering thousands of foreign websites, which it claims corrupt Saudi morals.

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia The Saudi King is keen to communicate with his citizens, it appears

Use #NewsfromElsewhere to stay up-to-date with our reports via Twitter.

More on This Story

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • KnucklesGood or bad?

    For many it can be very satisfying to 'crack' the bones in your hand, but is it bad for you?


  • BatteriesClick Watch

    More power to your phone - the lithium-ion batteries that could last twice as long

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.