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Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz dies


Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has died, royal officials have announced, weeks after he was admitted to hospital.

King Abdullah, who was said to be aged about 90, had been suffering from a lung infection.

A statement early on Friday said his 79-year-old half brother, Salman, had become king.

Abdullah came to the throne in 2005 but had suffered frequent bouts of ill health in recent years.

King Salman, 79, had recently taken on the ailing monarch's responsibilities.

Before the announcement, Saudi television cut to Koranic verses, which often signifies the death of a senior royal.

The late king's half brother Muqrin, who is in his late 60s, has been named the new crown prince, the official statement said.

The BBC's Frank Gardner says Saudi Arabia could face an increasing internal security problem following the death of King Abdullah.

All three are sons of the founder of modern Saudi Arabia, King Abdulaziz, usually referred to as Ibn Saud, who died in 1953.

King Salman called on the royal family's Allegiance Council to recognise Muqrin as his crown prince and heir.

"His Highness Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud and all members of the family and the nation mourn the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who passed away at exactly 1am this morning," the statement said.

US President Barack Obama expressed his personal sympathies and those of the American people, on the death of King Abdullah.

"As a leader, he was always candid and had the courage of his convictions. One of those convictions was his steadfast and passionate belief in the importance of the US-Saudi relationship as a force for stability and security in the Middle East and beyond," he said.

Vice-President Joe Biden tweeted that he would lead a delegation to Riyadh to pay respects.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron said Abdullah would be remembered for his "commitment to peace and for strengthening understanding between faiths".
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  1. Check this out folks:


    King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia dies

    State TV says Crown Prince Salman has succeeded King Abdullah, who died at the age of 90.

    23 Jan 2015 08:59 GMT | Politics

    Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has died, a statement from the royal palace has said.

    The royal court said in a statement on Friday that Abdullah, believed to be around 90, died at 1:00am local time (2200 GMT), expressing its "great sadness and mourning".

    The officials did not disclose the cause of Abdullah's death, but he was admitted to hospital in December suffering from pneumonia and had been breathing with the aid of a tube.

    Al Jazeera's Hashem Ahelbarra said: "This is someone who is definitely going to be remmebered as a reformist within the royal family.

    "He succeeded his brother at a very delicate time and started reforms in the country.

    Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, deceased king's half-brother, has officially been named as the next ruler of the world's top oil exporter and the spiritual home of Islam. Prince Muqrin Bin Abdulaziz is the new crown prince, Saudi state TV announced.

    Abdullah will be buried later on Friday following afternoon prayers, and citizens would be invited to pledge allegiance to the new monarch and the crown prince at the royal palace, the royal court statement said.

    Follow Al Jazeera's coverageOPINION: The kingdom's reformist monarch: Abdullah bin Abdulaziz (1924-2015)

    King Salman, 79, in his first public address, pledged no change in the kingdom's direction and called for unity among Muslims.

    "We will remain with God's strength attached to the straight path that this state has walked since its establishment by King Abdul Aziz bin al-Saud, and by his sons after him," Salman said in televised remarks.

    The new King appointed his nephew Mohammed bin Nayef as deputy crown prince, meaning he will be the first of that generation to rule the kingdom one day.

    Prince Mohammed, who remains as Interior Minister, according to the royal decree carried on state television, is next in line to rule after Salman and Crown Prince Muqrin.

    Obama condoles death

    US President Barack Obama condoled King Abdullah's death. "As our countries worked together to confront many challenges, I always valued King Abdullah's perspective and appreciated our genuine and warm friendship," Obama said in a written statement.

    "The closeness and strength of the partnership between our two countries is part of King Abdullah's legacy."

    Abdullah, thought to have been born in 1923, took the throne in 2005, but had run the country as de facto regent for a decade before that after his predecessor King Fahd suffered a debilitating stroke.

    At stake with the appointment of Salman as king is the future direction of the United States' most important Arab ally and self-appointed champion of Sunni Islam at a moment of unprecedented turmoil across the Middle East.

    Most recently the kingdom joined the US-led coalition carrying out air strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant.

    Abdullah played a guiding role in Saudi Arabia's support for Egypt's government after the military intervened in 2013, and drove his country's support for Syria's rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad.

    King Salman has been crown prince since 2012 and has been heading the defence ministry since 2011. He was governor of Riyadh province for five decades before that.

    Source: Al Jazeera and agencies

  3. President Isaias sends message of condolence in connection with passing away of King Abdela Bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Seud of Saudi Arabia

    Asmara, 23 January 2015 – President Isaias Afwerki today sent message of condolence to King Selman Bin Adul-Aziz Al-Seud and Crown Prince of Saudi-Arabia Prince Mugren Bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Seud, in connection with the passing away of the country’s King Abdela Bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Seud.

    In the message, President Isaias expressed sorrow on the part of the people and Government of Eritrea over the death of King Abdela Bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Seud, and conveyed condolence to the people and government of the Kingdom.

    credit:Eritrea - Ministry of Information

  4. I hope our president learns a lesson from the new king of Saudi. the first thing king Salman did was announce who is next in line for the throne if something happen to the 79 years old new king. I hope and pray President Isayas who is 70 years old announce who is next in line for the sake of stability and his own legacy.

  5. You will die before he does, you worry of your self


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