Magazine article The Middle East

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah Dies

Magazine article The Middle East

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah Dies

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Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has died in hospital, royal officials have announced. A statement, said his brother, Salman, had become king. Before the announcement in the early hours of Friday 23/01/2015, Saudi television cut to Koranic verses, which often signifies the death of a senior royal. King Abdullah, who was said to be aged about 90, had been in hospital for several weeks suffering from a lung infection. He came to the throne in 2005 but had suffered frequent bouts of ill health in recent years.

King Salman, who succeeds Abdullah, is 79 years old and has taken on his ailing brother's responsibilities in recent weeks.The late king's half brother Muqrin, who is in his late 60s, has been named the new crown prince, the official statement said. All three are sons of the founder of modern Saudi Arabia, King Abdulaziz, usually referred to as Ibn Saud, who died in 1953. King Salman called on the royal family's Allegiance Council to recognise Muqrin as his crown prince and heir. …

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