Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz

Talal bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi Prince, a vocal supporter of reform in the kingdom, has died at the age of 87, the royal court reported this yesterday.

Prince Talal, who is the senior member of the al-Saud family and the father of billionaire investor Alwaleed bin Talal, had been sick for several years.

He was oppoturned to held several senior government positions in the 1950s and 1960s, which includes finance and communications minister.

Prince Talal was exile abroad in the 1960s, when Saudi authorities withdrew his passport after he head a set of princes demanding constitutional amendments and collaborated with Gamal Abdel Nasser, the then Egyptian President and the arch enemy of the Saudi kingdom.

He is also in full support to give Saudi women freedom to drive, and greater rights to work, and give limitation to Riyadh's substantial military expenditure.

The royal court reported that, funeral prayers will take place today for the prince in capital Riyadh.

Prince Talal had been admitted in hospital for long in Riyadh although it was not stated where he died.

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