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Saudi king undergoes check-up
January 01, 2015
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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz was admitted to hospital on Wednesday for “medical checks,” the royal court said.

The king was admitted to the King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh, a court statement carried by the official SPA news agency said.

“The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, may God keep him, entered today, Wednesday, ... the King Abdulaziz Medical City of the National Guard in Riyadh to undergo some medical tests,” the statement said, according to state news agency SPA.

The king is believed to be around 90. The Saudi stock market dropped by about five per cent at one point following the royal court’s announcement, before clawing back some of its losses to finish the day 1.8 per cent lower.

Abdullah’s half-brother Salman, 77, is next in line to the throne. He was named crown prince in June 2012 following the death of Prince Nayef Bin Abdul Aziz.

Salman has been representing the king at most public events, including the latest Gulf summit in Qatar this month, owing to the king’s ailing health.

In March 2014, King Abdullah named his half-brother Prince Moqren as a second crown prince, in an unprecedented move aimed at smoothing succession hurdles.

The king’s latest hospitalisation comes as Saudi Arabia holds a high-profile position in the US-led fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group, which has seized swathes of neighbouring Iraq and Syria.

Saudi warplanes have joined in coalition air strikes against ISIS in Syria.

Agence France-Presse

 

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