Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – The King of Saudi Arabia, namely King Salman bin Abdulaziz, is reportedly sick. He was even treated at the King Faisal hospital in the capital city of Riyadh, as reported by a number of Middle Eastern media on Monday (7/20/2020).
Quoted Reuters from the Saudi Press Agency, the 84-year-old leader suffered inflammation of the gallbladder. This inflammation is often called cholecystitis.
According to Gulf News, he was treated for examination. However, detailed information about how he is now is not explained in detail.
This caused a lot of speculation, including whether he would abdicate soon. But the issue was denied by Saudi Arabia.
“There is no possibility whatsoever that the king will abdicate,” said an official who declined to be named, as quoted AFP from Bloomberg.
The guest speaker added that the royal king could usually remain in power despite his poor health.
“Even when it prevents them from carrying out their responsibilities,” he said.
Previously, since 2017, the Saudis have appointed a crown prince, Prince Mohammed bin Salman. SBM, as the crown prince is called, undertook massive reforms to the Saudi economy which had been dependent on oil.
He spurred the Saudi economy and made a number of cracks. Including taxes and opening new tourism in the country in addition to religious.
Photo: REUTERS / Amir Levy
FILE PHOTO: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud is seen during a meeting with U.N Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the United Nations headquarters in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S. March 27, 2018. REUTERS/Amir Levy
But the appointment of SBM as a potential successor is not without criticism. A number of controversies about the figure of the MBS were present including accusations of provoking the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Meanwhile, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi canceled a visit to Arabia due to the king’s illness. This was announced by Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud.
“Through coordination with our brothers in Iraq, they have decided to postpone the visit,” Prince Faisal wrote on his Twitter, as quoted from Reuters.
King Salman spent 2.5 years as the crown prince and deputy prime minister since June 2012 before becoming king. He also served as governor of Riyadh for 50 years.
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