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King of Saudi Arabia Hospitalized With Gallbladder Inflammation

According to the court, 84-year-old King Salman has been admitted to a hospital in the capital with gallbladder inflammation.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has been admitted to a hospital in the country’s capital, Riyadh.

It informs the court on Monday in a statement published by Saudi Arabia’s official news agency, Saudi Press Agency.

The 84-year-old king of the oil state must be hospitalized with an inflammation of the gallbladder.

King Salman was “admitted today to King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh for some medical check-ups due to gallbladder inflammation”, the court said in the statement.

There are no further details on King Salman’s condition.

It is rare for Saudi Arabia to report on King Salman’s state of health. He has ruled the Arab world’s largest economy since 2015.

Iraq prime minister, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, should have visited Saudi Arabia on Monday. But it has been postponed because of King Salman’s hospitalization.

Ambitious reforms
Under King Salman’s leadership, Saudi Arabia has launched ambitious economic developments reforms. Among other things, they must ensure that the country is less dependent on oil production in the future.

In addition, during the reign of King Salman, Saudi Arabia has granted more rights to women. And foreign policy has become more offensive. For example, Saudi Arabia is participating in the war inneighboring Yemen.

King Salman took over the throne after his half-brother Abdullah died in 2015.

That was in 2017 reports that King Salman would abdicate to hand over the throne to his son Crown princeMohammad bin Salman. It was, howeverrejected.

Crown Princeis considered by many to be the de facto leader of the country. His growing power must have contributed to the criticism of critics.

The American intelligence CIA has in a report found that it was crown prince, who ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Khashoggi was killed when he went into it on October 2, 2018 Saudi consulate in the Turkish metropolis Istanbul.

The Saudi journalist who was a US citizen had written critically about the way in which crown prince and King Salman administered their power in Saudi Arabia.

Source:/ Ritzau / AFP

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