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Saudi King Salman admitted to hospital for tests: report

King Salman underwent surgery to remove his gall bladder in 2020

By AFP
May 09, 2022
Saudi King Salman admitted to hospital for tests: report

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s ageing King Salman has been admitted to hospital for unspecified tests, state media reported on Sunday. The kingdom has generally sought to quell speculation over the health of the 86-year-old monarch, who has ruled the top oil exporter and the Arab world’s biggest economy since 2015.

He entered King Faisal Specialist Hospital in the coastal city of Jeddah on Saturday “to conduct some medical examinations”, according to an official report, citing a royal court statement. “May God preserve the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and may he enjoy health and wellness,” the statement said. It is rare for the secretive kingdom to report on the health of the monarch.

In 2017, Saudi Arabia dismissed reports and mounting speculation the king was planning to abdicate in favour of his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the country’s de facto ruler.

King Salman underwent surgery to remove his gall bladder in 2020.He was most recently hospitalised in March, for what state media described as “successful medical tests” and to change the battery of his pacemaker.Under his rule, Saudi Arabia has launched ambitious economic reforms for a post-oil era and given more rights to women, while adopting a more assertive foreign policy.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said the entire Pakistani nation had joined him in praying for the early recovery and complete health of Saudi Arabia’ s King Salman bin Abdulaziz. In a tweet on social media platform Twitter, he said: “ The entire Pakistani nation joins me in praying for the early recovery and complete health of King Salman bin Abdulaziz.”

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