July 29, 2009 4:24 PM

After some strides, change in Saudi Arabia stagnates

While President Barack Obama is counting on Saudi Arabia to help him with his thorny Middle East political agenda and keep a cap on oil prices, the conservative nation is facing internal fissures and a growing debate over how much to embrace Western reforms. Aging King Abdullah has appointed the first female deputy minister to his cabinet and sought to dilute the power of the feared religious police. But there's resistance to those changes.

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