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Saudi Labor Minister Al-Gosaibi dies

Saudi Labor Minister Ghazi Al-Gosaibi died at the age of 70.

August 15, 2010 3:23 by



Saudi Labor Minister Ghazi Al-Gosaibi died at the age of 70 after prolonged illness in Riyadh on Sunday. A source at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital told Arab News that the death occurred at 10 a.m. He died of cancer.

Al-Gosaibi, who served as labor minister until his death, was known as both a technocrat who served four kings and an author of numerous novels and nonfiction works, in addition to his poetry.

Before becoming the minister of labor in 2004, Al-Gosaibi held portfolio of Water and Electricity and was Saudi Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Ireland. He was also a famous poet and novelist. Some his works were controversial, including a collection of poetry called “A Battle Without a Flag” and a novel called “Shuqat Al-Hurriyyah (The Apartment of Freedom), which were banned until recently.

He was born in Hofuf on March 3, 1940 to a prominent and wealthy family of traders. Al-Gosaibi earned a law degree at the University of Cairo in 1961, a master at the University of Southern California in 1964, and a doctorate of law at the University of London in 1970.

He was Saudi Ambassador to Bahrain from 1984 to 1992, and then to Britain from 1992-2002. He was respected by Saudi progressives for his boldness in pointing out the problems of conservative Saudi society.

- Arab News



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  1. Basel A-Shaban on August 16, 2010 11:41 am

    Dr. Ghazi Al-Gosaibi was a truly honorable man. A genuine thinker and a poet. He would always challenge you to do better. He spoke his mind on many issues during challenging times. He forced sensitive issues to be addressed by the Saudi government. He genuinely cared about his country and always searched for ways to improve his environment for the benefit of the Saudi people. Dr. Ghazi Al-Gosaibi will always be remembered as the loving father and family man, for his kindness, devotion and love for his country. May all mighty Allah’s forgiveness and mercy be upon him.

     

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