Aged Saudi ruler to fly to US over blood clot

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November 21, 2010 17:20

 
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Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia's aged ruler will fly to the United States for medical tests over a blood clot, according to a Saudi official on Monday, in a development that would renew questions about succession in the oil-rich kingdom.

The 86-year-old King Abdullah is set to leave on Monday, three days after he was admitted to the hospital suffering from back pain due to a blood clot, the official said late Saturday. The official didn't say which hospital would receive the king.

On Friday, the palace said that the king had a blood clot, which had created pressure on the nerves surrounding a ruptured disc.

Crown Prince Sultan, 85, will arrive in Riyadh on Sunday to oversee the kingdom, the official added.

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