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Saudi king to undergo back operation

Ruler of world's second biggest oil exporter to undergo procedure to correct loose ligament

Saudi king to undergo back operation
Saudi Arabias King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (AFP/Getty Images).

Saudi Arabia’s absolute ruler King Abdullah will undergo back surgery to correct a loose ligament next week, the Gulf state’s Royal Court said in a statement on Sunday evening.

The operation will be the third time Abdullah, who is believed to be in his late 80s, has had to undergo surgery on his back following procedures in October last year and in 2010.

Unlike previously, the king will be operated on within the kingdom’s borders. Two years ago, Abdullah travelled to the US, where he also spent a three-month recovery period.

"The operation will take place, God willing, next week at King Abdulaziz Medical City for the National Guard in Riyadh," a Royal Court statement said via the official Saudi Press Agency.

It did not say whether Abdullah would continue to handle the day-to-day running of the world’s second largest oil producer while he was in hospital.

When the king spent a private vacation in Morocco earlier this year Prince Salman, the Crown Prince and heir to the throne, was temporarily placed in charge.

King Abdullah, who ascended to the throne in 2005, has final say on all legislation and matters of importance in the conservative Sunni kingdom. Given the country’s role as a major crude exporter and key US ally in the region, the health of Saudi royals is frequently speculated on.

Salman was appointed Crown Prince in June 2012 following the death of his brother Prince Nayef, who himself had been appointed heir to the throne in October after his brother Prince Sultan died.

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Javid 7 years ago

We wish the Custodian of Two Holy Mosque King Abdullahall the success in his operation and fast recovery.

Shafqur Rahman 7 years ago

We pray for King Abdullah to be come well and live long with good health.
We think that Crown Prince will take responsible behalf of him till King Abdullah come back.
At the same time we would like to place one urgee to the King Abdullah and to the Crown Prince & shoura councile that after two days arabic new year is going to begin, if they approved the law of changing sponsorship system for foreigen workers in Saudi Arabia we will greatfull to them forever.

Dr.Arif 7 years ago

May Allah bless his majesty, cure him and give him long life. As a guest worker in his country I love him, everybody loves him. He is a very good muslim and muttaqi. The world needs him for more and more time.