Saudi King ‘clinically dead’, according to reports (Albawaba, 26/11/2012)

Saudi King, Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, has been in a state of ‘clinical death’ for the past two days, according to Arabic newspaper, Asharq Alawsat.

A report by the paper claimed that medical staff in Saudi Arabia have confirmed that the King’s basic organs are no longer working.

According to the source: ‘The fate of the king will be determined within three to four days.’

The news seemingly contradicts reports from the Saudi Royal Court, which publicly announced that the eleven hour operation had been a success. According to state news agency, SPA, the monarch, believed to be in his late 80s, was in hospital for surgery to tighten a ligament in his back.

News of the King’s ‘clinical death’ has raised questions over who will be his successor.

With the current Crown Prince of Saudi, Prince Salman, 76, next in line for the throne, Asharq Alawsat’s source claims his brother, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef has deployed forces to contest the succession.

The Saudi Royal Office denied the allegations.

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