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Mihail VIP Member

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#1 13 years ago

King Fahd, Saudi Arabia's ruler since 1982, has died. Saudi state television announced Crown Prince Abdullah, his half-brother, had been named as King Fahd's successor.

King Fahd had been frail since suffering a debilitating stroke in 1995 and had delegated the running of the kingdom to Crown Prince Abdullah.

Members of the royal family have pledged allegiance to Abdullah. An official ceremony confirming him as king is due to be held on Wednesday.

King Fahd's funeral is scheduled for Tuesday.

Defence Minister Prince Sultan is next in line to the throne after Abdullah, his half-brother, and was named crown prince.

'Sorrow and sadness'

"With all sorrow and sadness, the royal court in the name of his highness Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdel Aziz and all members of the family announces the death of the servant of the two holy mosques, King Fahd bin Abdel Aziz," Minister of Information Iyad bin Amin Madani announced on state television.

"He died after suffering an illness. God now allows the custodian of the two holy mosques, King Fahd, with great mercy and forgiveness, to reside in his wide heaven."

The Associated Press news agency says the king died early on Monday at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital in the capital, Riyadh, where he was admitted on 27 May for unspecified medical tests.

An extraordinary Arab summit due be held Wednesday in the Egyptian resort of Sharm al-Sheikh has been postponed because of King Fahd's death.

World leaders have started responding to the news of King Fahd's death.

"King Fahd was a man of great vision and leadership who inspired his countrymen for a quarter of a century as king, and for many more before that," UK Prime Minister Tony Blair said in a statement.

"He was also a good friend of the United Kingdom. Our two countries have benefited very greatly over the years from his wise advice."

France's President Jacques Chirac expressed "profound sadness" at the news in a message of condolence to the Saudi government.

"During his reign, King Fahd put the safety of his people above all else. In perilous times he was the guarantor of his country's cohesion and the defender of regional stability. He knew how to apply wisdom to the Kingdom's changes," the message said.

Absolute monarch

King Fahd ascended the throne in 1982 after seven years as crown prince, making him absolute monarch of the world's largest oil-producing country and home of Islam's two holiest sites, the mosques at Mecca and Medina.

He threw the weight of the kingdom behind Arab causes and was heavily involved in regional issues such as the search for a peaceful settlement to the Lebanese civil war which ended with an agreement signed in the kingdom.

The monarch's decision in 1990 to invite American forces into Saudi Arabia after Iraq's invasion of Kuwait was heavily criticised within the country.

Many say it contributed to the rise of al-Qaeda whose leader, Osama Bin Laden, is a Saudi-born businessman.

Hopefully this will bring change.




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#2 13 years ago

Damn, the Bush family and friends will be in tears. Perhaps there will be mention of a national Royal Saudi Day holiday in the States after this tragedy...?




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#3 13 years ago
Damn, the Bush family and friends will be in tears.

I met some Muslims in another forum who hated him.Maybe for that.........

Hopefully this will bring change.

Abdullah bin Abdel Aziz is a friend of Bush too as far as I know.




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#4 13 years ago
I met some Muslims in another forum who hated him.Maybe for that.........

The arab world hates the saudis.




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#5 13 years ago
NordicvsDamn, the Bush family and friends will be in tears. Perhaps there will be mention of a national Royal Saudi Day holiday in the States after this tragedy...?

That's what i was thinking...:lol: Well, if prince abdullah had been running the country pretty much for a while i don't think things will change.




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#6 13 years ago
MihailThe arab world hates the saudis.

Just because the men in power there are uber rich or..confusedx.gif




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#7 13 years ago

friendly with the US?




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#8 13 years ago

You guys know anything of the saudi family? .....




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#9 13 years ago
MihailYou guys know anything of the saudi family? .....

Only what CNN has to say about them. ;)




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#10 13 years ago

One of them had 42 sons...Damn!

Fahd had three wives and eight sons.

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