Saudi Arabia’s King taken ill, crown prince assures cabinet meeting
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud offered assurances at a cabinet meeting on Monday about the health of King Abdullah, who was hospitalised last week.
The 90-year monarch was suffering from lung infection.
Markets have kept a close eye on the health of the king of the World‘s top oil exporter, a country that also has influence over Muslims through its guardianship of Islam’s holiest sites.
“At the beginning of the session, the Crown Prince assured everyone on the health of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud,” state news agency SPA said.
The royal court said on Jan. 2 that King Abudullah, thought to be over 90, was suffering from pneumonia and temporarily needed help to breathe through a tube. The procedure was successful and his condition was stable, the royal court said.
The 90-year-old was transferred to a military hospital in the capital Riyadh earlier this week after experiencing shortness of breath and back pain.
King Abdullah officially assumed the throne in 2005, but has largely been seen as the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia since the mid-1990s.
He underwent back surgeries in 2010 in New York City, and in October 2011 and November 2012 in Saudi Arabia.
Abdullah is the youngest surviving son of Saudi Arabia‘s founder, King Abdulaziz Al Saud.
The Oslo Times