Will Take Throne after Saudi King's Death
August 1st 2005
King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud
of Saudi Arabia died early Monday. King Fahd, who was born in
1923 in Riyadh,
has been in poor
health for 10 years following a debilitating stroke in 1995. Fahd
entered a Saudi Hospital on May 27th of this year with
acute pneumonia. He died at 6 am local time.
Fahd came to the throne in 1982 at the height of the oil
boom. He reigned for 23 years, holding the Kingdom together through
three regional wars. For the past two years the Kingdom has faced
violent attacks by al-Qaeda sympathizers. Many al-Qaeda followers
desire an end to the seven decades of Royal Family’s rule.
Minister Lyad bin Amin Madani read the official statement on State
TV. ‘’With deep sorrow and pain, the royal court... mourns the
death of The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Fahd, due to
illness,’’ The funeral is planned for
Tuesday, giving time for foreign dignitaries to arrive.
The King has been
wheelchair bound and gave few public appearances since 1995. He
chaired occasional Cabinet meetings. Most Saudi people were
saddened but not surprised by his death.
Fahd’s half brother
Crown Prince Abdullah, born in 1924, is next in line to take the
throne. He has indicated that there will be no change in policy.
Abdullah has run the most of the day-to-day affairs of Saudi Arabia
since Fahd’s stroke ten years ago.
Abdullah is the
fifth son of
Saudi Arabia’s founder King Abdul-Aziz to ascent to the throne.
He is considered a cautious reformer who has overseen some economic
and political liberalization.
Best Syndication Staff Writer
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