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King of Saudi Arabia Has Died At 90

King of Saudi Arabia Has Died At 90

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King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has died at the age of 90 and will be succeeded by Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz.

According to an official statement from the Royal Council, King Abdullah passed away at 1AM local time in Saudi Arabia on Friday.

The official statement added that the funeral procession will be held in Riyadh after evening prayers on Friday.

Meanwhile, Crown Prince Salman has appeared on Saudi state television mourning King Abdullah.

Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, who was Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief between 2005 and 2012, will replace Salman as Crown Prince

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Interior Mohammed bin Nayef has been named the Deputy Crown Prince.

Saudi Arabian television channels run by MBC have meanwhile started playing Quranic verses to mourn the death of King Abdullah, who came to power in 2005.

King Abdullah had suffered from pneumonia in December and was hospitalised for treatment, raising concerns over the King’s health.

Who is the new king?

Salman

Crown Prince Salman, 79, is the half-brother of the late King Abdullah and was the governor of the Riyadh province from 1963 until 2011 and has served as the country’s Minister of Defence since 2011.

Upon being appointed Crown Prince in 2012, Salman was touted for his focus on improving the Kingdom’s economy. The new ruler is also known for his shrewd diplomatic skills, but he is known to move cautiously and slowly when it comes to social and political reforms within the Kingdom.

According to Al-Akhbar, Salman “has advanced opinions on reform and is welcoming of dialogue with opposition members. He enjoys a plethora of relationships with intellectuals from various political persuasions, both inside and outside the country.”

During his time as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, following his appointment as Crown Prince, Salman has remained steadfast in his support for maintaining Saudi Arabia’s moderate oil pricing and supply levels. The new ruler has also maintained close ties with Western states and other Sunni Muslim countries.

The new King is also a 10 percent owner of the Saudi Research and Marketing Group, which publishes daily newspapers across the Kingdom.

According to reports in The Atlantic and The Economist, Salman suffers from poor health, including dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. While these reports have never been confirmed by Saudi Arabia’s royal family, the new king suffered from a stroke in 2011, impacting his ability to properly use his left arm.

World Leaders Pay Tribute

World leaders have paid tribute to the late King Abdullah moments after his death was officially announced by Saudi Arabia’s Royal Council.

US President Barack Obama hailed King Abdullah as a bold leader and praised the Kingdom’s “warm” and “genuine” relationship with the United States.

French President Francois Hollande meanwhile described the late King as “a statesman whose work has profoundly marked the history of his country.”

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has also sent his condolences, with state media Al-Ahram reporting that the President has cut his trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos short in order to attend the funeral of King Abdullah on Friday.

Egypt’s President Sisi had flown to Saudi Arabia on January 19 to meet the late King. However, a deterioration in the health of King Abdullah prevented the Egyptian President from being able to meet him. Instead, President Sisi had met with Crown Prince Salman.

Meanwhile, Al-Arabiya reports that Jordan has declared 40 days of mourning.

Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam’s top Islamic authority, also paid its tributes to the late King and offered its condolences to Saudi Arabians.

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  • Bobby Stewart

    Maybe women will be able to drive now…….. NOT! Goat raping, pajama wearing psychopaths.

  • hema

    do u know if u leave islam or u r a gay they will cut ur head off

  • Peter

    Maybe Allah sent him back to hell where he belongs for allowing a blogger to be brutally beaten and imprisoned for the notion of having a forum to discuss freedom. To think our government calls these savages an ally when their money flows to extremists like ISIL.

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  • jernfrost

    Feels a bit fake with world leaders talking about a “warm” relationships, with a loathsome country such as Saudi Arabia which the West only manage to stomach due to our need of oil. Do we need to be so dam fake, just to buy that oil?

  • daws

    “He enjoys a plethora of relationships with intellectuals from various
    political persuasions, both inside and outside the country.”

    Oh boy, I wonder if he’s heard of this crazy new idea called democracy? 😀

    • jernfrost

      Lack of elections is likely the smallest problem in Saudi Arabia. Their barbaric laws and practices are more problematic I find. I mean giving somebody 10 years prison and 1000 lashes for putting up a web page to discuss religion makes medieval Europe sound humane.

      Not impossible to be civilized even if you are not elected. The king of Jordan e.g. is a lot better. The prince of lichtenstein allows elections to parliament, free speech and all those sort of things the Saudi’s never heard about. But then Europe had something called the enlightenment a few hundred years ago, which unfortunatly hasn’t reached the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia yet.

  • SeamusM

    Wonderful news.

    • Stop Treason

      @SeamusM
      Please STOP Mating with your own sisters and the Goats, as Incest and sex with Animals is EVIL and a Sin! So please STOP NOW!!

  • Shawn Hart

    If he is a Muslim , then GOOD, hope he rots in HELL !

    • Stop Treason

      @disqus_wqx4pblDAj:disqus
      Please STOP Mating with your own sisters and the Goats, as Incest and sex with Animals is EVIL and a Sin! So please STOP NOW!!

      • Andrew Paul Moulton

        Always better to make love than war

    • Joe Higgs

      @Shawn Hart
      Wow. Just wow. How primitive of you..

    • Nobody

      Really? lmao REALLY?! Where do people like you even come from?

    • Mozes

      “if hes muslim”? You gota be dumb n uneducated.. Saudi arabia is a muslim country n the king is muslim.. You gotta be american

      • foodandart

        Inbred is more like it.

        • njanjanjanja

          ‘Murican?

    • briggens

      He won’t because hell doesn’t exist! You both believe in the same sky-man. What does that say about you?

  • So will the Saudi’s still barbarically cut peoples heads off?

    • JohnDoe9991

      Most likely.

    • ThePar

      I spent some time in KSA and have studied their culture. Look up their Constitution, it basically says “See Koran.”

      Short answer: Yes, yes they will.

      • AnOpenMind

        Well.. It is effective. Barbaric to our culture, yes, but to them just a normal thing. Some would say for US it is barbaric to imprison someone than rather just kill them for their crimes. People believe it is more of a torture to keep someone locked away for their whole life than to just kill them and so they may have peace (whether an afterlife or not). Cultures.. curious things our minds have created.

        • daws

          No they don’t…no one says that.Even there they view life imprisonment as “getting off easy”. Stop making stuff up to play devil’s advocate.

    • njanjanjanja

      “he is known to move cautiously and slowly when it comes to social and political reforms within the Kingdom.” Yes. Heads will roll.

  • jutholmes

    It’s 2015, why do we still have kings and royalty?

    • Tawhid

      It’s 2015, why are people still wearing ripped jeans?

      • Stop Treason

        @Tawhid
        Because wearing ripped jeans is much much better than wearing Pajamas and Burkas 24/7!

        • nerd

          umm actually…. wearing pajamas is more comfortable and better in every sense. You will know when you wear it.
          Can’t say that about Burka though

        • Yannis Nikolouzos

          The standard Arab attire is way more comfortable, specially in warmer climates. Pants will keep you warmer, but will not give you that sense of absolute freedom.

          • tc

            Maybe for men, who wear white, but for women, who are attired in black from head to toe to help suffocate them in the heat, the standard Arab attire is likely less than comfortable. Actually, men do wear pants under their thobes.

      • ThePar

        It’s 2015, why hasn’t someone told ISIS that we don’t pick on the Japanese anymore?

    • Stop Treason

      The real question why is the American Media Anglophiles so addicted to the American hating Britshits, the biggest collectors of Welfare on the Planet!
      The Britshits/Anglophiles are a real Royal pain in the %^&*$

      • Carl Williamson

        An Anti-British comment is never far away, is it? Even when us Brits have nothing to do with the topic at hand. I really can’t stand people like you.

        • Marcus2012

          Well you tortured and raped half the fucking world for centuries… you deserve a lot more hate than you get tbh.

          • Carl Williamson

            Oh, and Britain is the only country in the world that has done wrong, is it? Let me tell you this, no country’s history is clean, far from it. Germany, for example, should we hate Germans because of Nazism? Should we hate the Chinese for culturally raping Tibet? Should we hate Russia for Stalin communism? Or maybe we should hate Americans because their country pokes its nose into everybody’s affair s(uninvited). Or maybe we should hate America for nuking Japan and killing 246,000 innocent people. Take a long look in the mirror.

          • jernfrost

            Well Germans DO get a LOT of hate. Now I don’t believe in hating British for the British Empire’s wrongs, that would be silly. Brits alive today have nothing to do with that.

            However it is still rather amazing how little criticism Britian gets for all the shit they have done in the past. Although the British seem to be more willing to admit past guilt than say Americans. The British acknowledge the past existance of the British empire at least and that it was forged through violence.

            While e.g. American de facto rule of South America, Caribbian and a number of other places isn’t really acknowledged. I mean the whole of the US itself is an Empire created through conquest. Except there is hardly any of the original inhabitants left to fight for independence, as was the case in British ex-colonies.

          • pedro

            That has to be one of the most ridiculous (and uneducated) comments I have ever read. Britain has undoubtedly been a positive influence on the world – more than most if not all.countries I can think of.

          • daws

            Yes people loved being subjugated… Btw you’re likely thinking of the spread of science and other western ideas. That didn’t require British conquering of peoples.

          • pedro

            I’m thinking about the abolition of slavery, the introduction of rule of law, the development of the countries infrastructure. It should be noted that a lot of the empire wasn’t actually conquered they were the spoils of war from conflicts with primarily European countries or inherited from companies (East India company) or individuals (Rhodes).

          • KrSpo

            Now, We here in the US haven’t been around many Centuries, But as one who recognizes OUR ability to torture, rape, and generally destabilize the planet, I must say that stone throwing from your own glass house is ill-advised

          • Joshua Werstler

            You are a special kind of stupid aren’t you? Actually don’t answer that it’s already pretty clear.

          • disqus_xjF9UU6xua

            Us personally? Lol, grow up

          • Marcus2012

            My own ancestors were personally affected by your genocidal actions, you can fuck yourself with a nuke for all I care.

      • Marcus2012

        I’m not entirely sure what you just said, but it sounded like you agree that the British fucking suck.

    • Marcus2012

      It’s 2015, why do the british still have royalty?

      • Sam Parr

        Just in case you don’t actually realise, “our” Queen does nothing, nobody is really interested about her unless, you know….something happens? But…yeah….no idea why we still have royalty…

        • Marcus2012

          I’m well aware of that, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t use it as an excuse to hate on your shitty country, culture, and people. 🙂

          • Sam Parr

            May I ask, where are you from?

          • Marcus2012

            ‘Murica

          • Sam Parr

            In fact, don’t reply. I’ve gone through your internet based profiles, seen that you argue with everyone. Even your friends don’t like you, mocking the fact you have no motivation about getting jobs. You look like a fucking bum too. Sorry, but you have no right to say fuck all about anyone when you are at the bottom of the pile. I’m taking a shit whilst replying to you as that the only time I HAVE for you whilst I’m earning a good, very good salary at the age of 22. I have a good looking girlfriend, 2 cars and about to buy a house. I’m deepling in love and love my life. Good luck. You won’t experience any of that. Just hatred. How sad.

          • lol

            lol

          • David Fallah

            > I’m taking a shit whilst replying to you as that the only time I HAVE for you whilst I’m earning a good, very good salary at the age of 22. I have a good looking girlfriend, 2 cars and about to buy a house. I’m deepling in love and love my life.

            Wow, congrats man, you’re so awesome. Everyone thinks you’re so awesome.

    • nerd

      Let us call our friends at Birmingham to ask that.

    • jernfrost

      I think the questions should be why do countries still get ruled by a Monarch in 2015. Most monarchy’s today are democracies were the king or queen is a symbolic figurehead. But in Saudi Arabia the whole royal family is a buch of leeches getting fat of Saudi oil, while guest workers work in slave like conditions for their “glory”.

    • Anonymous

      It’s 2015, why do we still have property-redistributing, wannabe crypto-communists like you?

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