Saudi King undergoes successful gallbladder surgery

RIYADH, Nov. 20, 2019 (Xinhua) — Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (C, Front) attends the 7th session of the Shura Council in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Nov. 20, 2019. Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud said on Wednesday that the revenues of the Saudi Aramco’s initial public offering will be channelled to Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund to boost investment inside and outside the kingdom, the Saudi Press Agency reported. (Xinhua/IANS)

Riyadh, July 24 (IANS) Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud underwent a successful surgery to remove his gall bladder at a hospital here, state-media reported.

The official Saudi Press Agency said in a report on Thursday that the laparoscopic surgery performed on the 84-year-old ruler was a success and that he will remain at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital for some time to recuperate, reports Gulf News.

The development comes after the Saudi Royal Court announced on Monday that the King, who has ruled the country since 2015, had been hospitalised for cholecystitis or inflammation of the gall bladder.

Salman became Saudi Arabia’s King in 2015 following the death of his half-brother, King Abdullah.

He also served as governor of the Riyadh region for over 50 years.

The incumbent King’s son, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, is considered the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia.

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