Saturday, May 28, 2005

Saudi Arabia's King Fahd Hospitalized

By ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI, Associated Press Writer

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - King Fahd, whose efforts to strengthen ties between
Saudi Arabia — the world's largest oil exporter — and the United States provoked
the wrath of Islamic militants, was hospitalized Friday, apparently suffering
from pneumonia.

Fahd's half brother, Crown Prince Abdullah, has been Saudi
Arabia's de facto ruler since Fahd suffered a debilitating stroke in 1995.
Abdullah is expected to become king should Fahd die.

Fahd's hospitalization triggered reports that an emergency had been declared
in the kingdom. Officials said on condition of anonymity that an alert had been
declared and that military leaves had been canceled or at least discouraged.
However, this was firmly denied by the Interior Ministry.

"This is absolutely not true," ministry spokesman Mansour al-Turki said.
"There's no canceling of leaves and no state of emergency or anything." [Full Story]

It can't be long now.


  1. I don't know why but I feel sorry for the guy. Maybe its because I think he is not the worst of all the tyrant's in the region. Atleast all his injustices are under the banner of Monarchy and not Democracy like the rest of the ME countries.

  2. thats because u dont live in ksa fox. and another knightmare what is ur obsession with swimming pools?

  3. Yeah that might be part it, but I still think he's way better than the other hacks in the region.