Saudi King Abdullah Is Dead

Saudi King Abdullah Is Dead
# 23 January 2015 02:36 (UTC +04:00)
He was admitted to the hospital in Riyadh for "medical checks" at the end of December.
Crown Prince Salman has been named the new king.
King Abdullah assumed the throne in 2005 as the country's sixth king. Salman, 79, is Abdullah's half-brother and has been making appearances and speeches on behalf of the late king for the last couple of months.
Salman is also reportedly in poor health, so from here the family's succession could get interesting. According to Reuters, "King Salman has called on the family's Allegiance Council to pay allegiance to Muqrin as his crown prince and heir."
Muqrin bin Abdulaziz is Abdullah's half-brother and is 69 years old. He was controversially named deputy heir to Abdullah last March, effectively bypassing two of the late king's other half brothers. The move went against the unspoken rule that succession passes down according to age.
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