Monday, May 27, 2013

Saudi King Abdullah Reported 'Clinically Dead'

A Saudi journalist working for London-Based Asharq Alawsat says the Saudi monarch has been clinically dead since Wednesday.

He 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.


What we know for sure is, the king has not recently appeared in public for quite some time, and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia has been speaking on his behalf.

The Royal Court of Saudi Arabia has yet to comment.

So what are the geopolitical implications of this?

It is important to note, that Saudi Arabia is arguably the world's most important supplier of oil, and the unique and complicated Saudi succession traditions have set the stage for a crisis that could destabilize the region.

With civil war in Syria, the Shia, and the events that have unfolded in Egypt and across the Middle East, it seems rebellion is in the air.

The current heir to the throne is Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, also the Minister of Defense of Saudi Arabia.

However, he is 77 years old, has already suffered a recent stroke and spinal surgery, and many experts agree that he is suffering from dementia.