Saudi Arabia: King Abdullah clinically dead?
Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz is reported to be clinically dead as the monarch has not recently been seen in public, reports Iranian international news network, quoting a Saudi journalist working for the London-Based Asharq Alawsat, who claimed that the monarch has been clinically dead since Wednesday.
The journalist also quoted medical sources in Saudi Arabia as saying that the king’s vital organs, including his heart, kidneys and lungs, have stopped functioning. Doctors are said to have used a defibrillator on him several times. He is also reported to be alive with the help of a ventilator, Voice of Russia Reported on Monday.
The Royal Court has yet to comment on the report of King’s death. The aging Saudi monarch has not recently appeared in public and the country’s crown prince is attending official meetings on behalf of him.
It is the second time in the few past months that Asharq Alawsat has reported the death of King Abdullah.
In November 2012, the daily reported that Saudi king had slipped into a coma and was clinically dead nearly a week after he underwent a 14-hour-long back surgery in a hospital in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.
Voice of America however quoted Reuters report later on Monday that Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah named his son to head a new National Guard ministry, strengthening the force’s role in the kingdom as the ruling family grapples with the transfer of power towards a younger generation.