It can't be long now.
By ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI, Associated Press Writer
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - King Fahd, whose efforts to strengthen ties betweenFahd's half brother, Crown Prince Abdullah, has been Saudi
Saudi Arabia — the world's largest oil exporter — and the United States provoked
the wrath of Islamic militants, was hospitalized Friday, apparently suffering
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]