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Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz has reportedly undergone a heart surgery in the US, his fourth operation in less than two years. According to the Palestinian news paper al-Quds, Saudi King, 88, has undergone an operation in the Mount Sinai hospital in New York following a heart attack. It was not immediately clear that what king of surgery the Saudi ruler had or whether it was successful or not. The Palestinian newspaper also said that the Saudi monarch arrived in US after a short stop in Morocco. King Abdullah left his country for "an undisclosed destination" on August 28, and the official Saudi Press Agency announced that Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz was tasked with running the country temporarily while King Abdullah was on a "special leave". The agency did not elaborate on the details of the king’s trip. Simon Henderson, an expert at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said in a recent article that there are "fresh concerns about health" of the Saudi king, and that there is “widespread speculation” that the monarch "will head to New York City for medical treatment." "Having Crown Prince Salman stand in for the monarch is no particular relief," Henderson stated, adding that there are "concerns about his (Salman) own health and his ability to focus on detail." HM/JR
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