Salman was hospitalized after months of being isolated

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After the frequent reports during the past three months of his deteriorating health, which led him to isolate himself on an island on the Red Sea since the beginning of the outbreak of the Corona virus in Saudi Arabia, it was announced yesterday that King Salman bin Abdul Aziz was hospitalized to “perform some tests due to the presence of inflammation in Gallbladder”. The King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, to which 84-year-old Salman was admitted, did not make any statement regarding the king’s health condition, while the official statement about the Kuwaiti Crown Prince Nawaf Al-Sabah’s contact with his Saudi counterpart Muhammad bin Salman was limited to the latter’s “reassurance” First, to his father’s health. And Salman has been, in the last period, to chair the meetings of the Council of Ministers through visual communication technology, while his direct meetings were limited to a limited circle of officials and personalities.After the king entered the hospital yesterday, the Saudi Foreign Minister, Faisal bin Farhan, announced the postponement of the visit of the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, to the Kingdom, saying that “in celebration of this extremely important visit, and a desire to provide all means of success for it.” In turn, the Deputy Minister of Defense, Khalid bin Salman, stressed, “Postponing the visit (…) to give it the appropriate status as a high-level state visit”, pointing out that “Iraq represents an important strategic dimension to the Kingdom and vice versa. Therefore, it was natural for Riyadh to occupy a first stop on the schedule of Mr. Mustafa Al-Kazemi’s visits. ”
In parallel, reports that Salman was transferred to the hospital resulted in a decrease of 2.08 percent in the general index of the Saudi Stock Exchange. Yesterday, there was a collective decline in the sectors that comprise the stock exchange, foremost of which are energy, transportation and banking. Aramco fell by 0.9 percent, SABIC 1.7 percent, while Al-Ahly (the country’s largest bank) fell 0.8 percent, and Al-Rajhi Bank fell 1.2 percent.
Pending the outcome of the King’s case, the power transmission scenario seems settled in favor of the Crown Prince, who – since the emergence of his star in 2015 – has managed to strike successive strikes against his opponents and consolidate his rule. But this does not mean excluding the possibility of surprises, even in the long run, in light of the imbalance of the state and the continued existence of threats to Ibn Salman.





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