Riyadh: Saudi Arabia's 84-year-old ruler, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, has been admitted to a hospital in the country's capital Riyadh for medical tests due to inflammation of the gall bladder, Saudi Press Agency said on Monday. The statement said the 84-year-old monarch is being tested at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital. The statement did not provide further details.
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi's visit to Saudi Arabia has been postponed after King Salman's hospitalisation. King Salman has been in power since January 2015. King Salman has empowered his 34-year-old son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as his successor.
King Salman, who oversees Islam's holiest sites in Mecca and Medina, was crown prince under King Abdullah and served as defense minister. For more than 50 years prior to that, he was governor of Riyadh, overseeing its evolution from a barren city to a teeming capital.