Saudi King Abdullah
October 22, 2011 by staff
“The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud … to the left of King Abdulaziz Medical City this Saturday night … after God honored him with the health to continue treatment in the clinic in your palace, “he said.
The announcement came after King Abdullah’s younger brother Crown Prince Sultan died of cancer in New York on Saturday morning.
King Abdullah, who is in his 80s, had a successful operation to tighten the ligaments around the third vertebrae Monday.
The Saudi line of succession does not move directly from father to eldest son, but has moved down a line of siblings born founder of the reign of King Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, who died in 1953.
The next line after the Sultan is supposed to Prince Nayef, the interior minister since 1975, which is in his 70s and is reputed to be more conservative than their older siblings.
Nayef became second deputy prime minister in 2009 and has assumed the day to day control of the kingdom, before, during simultaneous absence of his two older brothers and Abdullah Sultan.
King Abdullah has been Saudi Arabia’s support led efforts to confront and limit Islamist militant groups, including Al Qaeda, and has pushed Washington to support greater rights for Palestinians.
The wise king has reformed and become king in 2005.
He has brought changes to liberalize the economy, giving a more technical, rather than religious, the emphasis on education and allow women more rights.
In the energy sector, King Abdullah is seen to have supported a moderate policy of oil, increase production to prevent price spikes during power cuts elsewhere.
A key U.S. ally, the largest OPEC producer has more than one-fifth of the world’s oil reserves and is the birthplace of Islam.
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