King Fahd Dead

Fahd had been king since 1982 and suffered a massive stroke in 1995 which then allowed his brother Abdullah ibn Abdul Aziz al-Saud to effective rule the country. I presume that this is also one of the reasons former Saudi ambassador to the US, Bandar, left earlier this year in antipation of Fahd’s failing health. Abdullah will now automatically become King and Defense Minister Prince Sultan will now be the new crown prince. Let the power stuggle begin…

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