After the turmoil in Egypt and Tunisia, there have been demands for reforms in Saudi Arabia, which follows strict Islamic rule.
Sheik Mohammed bin Ghanim al-Qahtani said on Thursday he is on the coordination committee of the newly formed Umma Islamic Party. He says the party sent a letter to the Royal Palace on Wednesday requesting recognition.
His statement says it's time to endorse political rights, including the right to elect a government, promote the role of women in society and preserve women's rights.
The party's nine other founding members are university teachers, political activists and businessmen.