Saudi king in hospital for tests

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Published: Wednesday 31st December 2014 by The News Editor

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Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has been admitted to hospital for medical tests.

The king was admitted to the National Guard’s King Abdulaziz Medical City hospital in the capital Riyadh, according to the official Saudi Press Agency, citing a royal statement.

The monarch appeared before the press this year in a wheelchair with an oxygen tube. He reportedly underwent surgery in late 2012 for his back.

King Abdullah officially assumed the throne in 2005, but had been the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia since the mid-1990s.

His successor is half-brother Crown Prince Salman. The king has outlived two other half-brothers who held the crown prince post.

Published: Wednesday 31st December 2014 by The News Editor

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