Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz attends a cabinet meeting via video call from Kind Faisal Hospital, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia July 21, 2020. Picture taken July 21, 2020.
Riyadh: The ruler of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdul Aziz has undergone a successful operation to remove his gallbladder, the state news agency SPA reported
The king, who has been the world’s largest oil exporter since 2015 and has ruled the U.S. ally, will be in hospital for some time to receive treatment, the SPA reported.
King Salman, the custodian of the holy sites of Islam, was admitted to a hospital in the capital, Riyadh. She was hospitalized Monday with gallbladder inflammation.
He presided over a cabinet meeting via video call from a hospital in the capital Riyadh on Tuesday, where he could watch video behind desk, read documents and look at leaves.
King Salman was Crown Prince and Deputy Prime Minister for 2-1 / 2 years from June 2012 before becoming King. Has served as Governor of the Riyadh Region for over 50 years.
The king’s son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is the true ruler of Suid Arabia and the next heir to the throne. Known as the MBS, he initiated reforms to diversify the oil-based economy.
The 34-year-old prince has gained notoriety for easing social restrictions, giving more rights to women and pledging to diversify the economy in the conservative Muslim country.
For the King’s followers, this courageous welcome change at home and abroad after decades of vigilance, stagnation and fatigue.
But the suppression of state control and dissent over the media makes it difficult to quantify the magnitude of domestic excitement.
In addition to the Crown Prince’s reforms, he ousted high-ranking members of the royal family and businessmen on corruption charges and waged an expensive war in Yemen, all of which did not deter some Western allies and investors.
His reputation also suffered a setback in 2018 after the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of Saudi security officials.