TEHRAN (FNA)- Sources revealed on Tuesday that Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz has been hospitalized in Riyadh and is now in critical health conditions.This could be big if the Saudi King takes a turn for the worse.
Informed sources told Arabic-language al-Ahd news agency that King Salman is now in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) section of King Faisal Specialist Hospital in the Saudi capital.
The sources also said that given the Saudi king's unstable and aggravating health conditions, officials have ceased plans to transfer him to US hospitals.
King Salman, 80, is thought to have Alzheimer’s or dementia and the government is practically administered by his Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef.
According to witnesses, his exact state of dementia is a source of speculation but he is known to have held cogent conversations as recently as last October. He can also forget what he said minutes ago, or faces he has known all his life. This is typical of the disease.
Sources close to the Saudi monarchy revealed earlier this year that the number of hospital visits by King Salman in the last few months has increased and that he did not walk around, as he did before.
Yemen is still burning and from where I'm sitting the Saudi Arabian/GCC forces are bogged down...ISIS is still rampaging...Syria is a mess and the Russians have landed to prop up Assad....and the US still doesn't have a coherent policy in the Middle East.
If this guy dies then all bets are off. I don't think we'll see a smooth transition and instead will see a major power struggle in the Kingdom.
Will someone try and take advantage? Who knows but this bears watching.