Speculation is growing over the health of Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz following a report in the Asharq Alawsat newspaper on Monday that the King has been in a state of clinical death for two days, with his organs no longer viable. The report
was based on information from a medical source who said "The fate of the king will be determined within three to four days."
No photographs have been released of King Abdullah since he underwent surgery, the Nation
The Saudi Royal Court has denied the rumours. AFP
reported Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz assured cabinet ministers over the health of the King. The rumours have fuelled speculation over who will succeed King Abudllah to the throne, although 76-year-old Crown Prince Salman Bin is next in line. Digital Journal
reported that Prince Salman, half-brother of King Abdullah, was named Crown Prince in June 2012, following the death of Prince Naif. Prince Salman suffers from poor health but has a reputation as a peaceful reformer.
If the rumours prove to be true, the death of King Abdullah could potentially rock the Kingdom. According to the Saudi Gazette
the powerful monarch has been named as the most influential personality in the Muslim world, topping a list of 500. The list was compiled by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center (RISSC) which said:
"King Abdullah introduced many reforms to society, combated religious fanaticism, corruption, improved educational system, assured women’s rights, reformed the judicial system, and provided scholarships to over 130,000 male and female students to study abroad."