Report: Son reigns as Saudi king sidelined by dementia

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Saudi King Salman’s son is said to be “ruling the kingdom” amid the king’s deteriorating health.

The 80-year-old king is said to have Alzheimer’s or dementia, according to Lebanese media reports.

Saudi King Salman. /Reuters
Saudi King Salman. /Reuters

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“The king is not in a stable condition and in reality the son of the king is ruling the kingdom,” a report by Lebanon’s Al-Ahed said.

The report said the Saudi government is currently being administered by Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef.

Al-Ahed said it had obtained medical records showing that King Salman has been suffering from dementia since 2008, and that the number of hospital visits in the last few months has increased and that he did not walk around on his own as he did before.

The report said that, within next next 18 months, the Saudi king will not be able to continue his post due to his failing health and inability to make political decisions.

In 2015, King Salman succeeded older brother Abdullah, who died at the age of 90.

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