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Saudi activist Ali al Dumaini (on the right) Celebrates with friends (Asharq Al-Awsat Photo).

Saudi  activist Ali al Dumaini (on the right) Celebrates with friends (Asharq Al-Awsat Photo).

Saudi activist Ali al Dumaini (on the right) Celebrates with friends (Asharq Al-Awsat Photo).

Dammam, Asharq Al-Awsat- “We are ready to serve our King” were the first words of a poem recited by the friends and family of freed Saudi activist Ali al Dumaini as he returned to his house, in the Doha neighborhood of Dhahran, after being pardoned by a Royal decree alongside Matruk al Falih, Abdullah al Hamid, Said bin Zueir, and Abdul Rahman al Lahim.

Surprised by the welcome celebrations, al Dumaini said, “I believe I speak for many of the Kingdom’s citizens when I express confidence and hope in the future. I am certain the Custodian of the Two Holy mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz”s reign will usher in a period of reform and the development of state institutions. Every Saudi cicitzen and I see ourselves as partners in this process and are proud of supporting our leader. I hope tradition and reform will work together.” He added, “Our leaders are capable of playing a crucial social and economic role to modernize the Kingdom.”

To celebrate his newly found freedom and show their gratitude for the Royal pardon, friends of al Dumaini organized a special reception, with the sound of drums and dancing engulfing the area around his house.

Nazih al Khunaizi was amongst the well-wishers who flocked to meet the newly released activist. He revealed, “It is not unusual for the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, to pardon and free prisoners. Everyone expected this move, the timing of which could not have been better. Citizens are happy and joyful as they await a better future where the political, economic, and social reform to which His Royal Highness is committed to will be realized.” He added, “We look forward to leaders and citizens of all backgrounds and persuasions working together to reach these noble goals.”

For his part, the poet Mohammed al Dumaini, brother of the freed activist, said King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz”s gesture marked a new beginning and a new page in the future of Saudi Arabia. He said, “I find myself speechless as I am celebrating, along with my family and friends the release of my brother. If we care for the future of the Kingdom, we should not disagree on the ways of reaching it.”