Thursday, 22 January 2015

Kind Abdullah of KSA died.

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has died, state television reported early on Friday and his brother Salman became king, it said in a statement attributed to Salman.
King Salman, thought to be 79, has called on the family’s Allegiance Council to pay allegiance to Muqrin as his crown prince and heir.
By immediately appointing Muqrin as his heir, Salman has moved toavert widespread speculation about the path of the royal succession in the world’s top oil exporter.
U.S. crude prices rose as much as 2.2 percent immediately after the news broke.
The succession to Salman was largely expected to be smooth. The Saudi royal family announced in March that 79-year-old Salman would succeed the king.
Weeks ago, when King Abdullah was reported to be seriously ill, Saudi watchers told CNBC that the country’s oil, domestic and geopolitical policies should remain virtually unchanged when Salman takes over.
Salman, who has assumed many state duties while also serving as deputy prime minister and minister of defense, was relatively well-liked by regional neighbors and in Washington, according to Karen Elliott House, author of “On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines—and Future.”
Abdullah, thought to have been born in 1923, had ruled Saudi Arabia as king since 2006, but had run the country as de facto regent for a decade before that after his predecessor, King Fahd, suffered a debilitating stroke.

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