Salman becomes Saudi Arabia's ruler after death of King Abdullah

Salman becomes Saudi Arabia's ruler after death of King Abdullah

King Abdullah has died after almost a decade on the throne and Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, Abdullah’s half-brother, will succeed him.

King Abdullah, the monarch who oversaw a fivefold increase in the size of the Arab world’s biggest economy and met the Arab Spring with a mixture of force and largesse, has died after almost a decade on the throne. He was born in 1924.

Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, Abdullah’s half-brother, will succeed him, state television announced early on Friday in Riyadh. Abdullah had been in hospital in the Saudi capital since last month, receiving...

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