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    Saudi King Abdullah dies aged 91

    22 January 2015 - Last updated at 18:25 ET
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-30945324

    Saudi King Abdullah dies aged 91
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    Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has died in hospital, state TV says.

    Before the announcement, Saudi television cut to Koranic verses early on Friday, which often signifies the death of a senior royal.

    King Abdullah, who is said to be aged about 90, had been in hospital for several weeks suffering from a lung infection.

    The king came to the throne in 2005 but has suffered frequent bouts of ill health in recent years.
    Apparently to be succeeded by Aziz.
    Oil price and other issues.
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    Re: Saudi King Abdullah dies aged 91

    And now comes the civil war....

    I heard several weeks ago somewhere there were already people jockeying for control.

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    Re: Saudi King Abdullah dies aged 91

    Quote Originally Posted by Declan View Post
    And now comes the civil war....

    I heard several weeks ago somewhere there were already people jockeying for control.
    Good bye cheap oil prices....

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    Re: Saudi King Abdullah dies aged 91

    AP is saying his 79 year old half brother "Prince Salmon" will replace him. I remember hearing about that discussion months ago.

    Heres some info... Salman of Saudi Arabia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Of note...
    In August 2010, Prince Salman underwent spine surgery in the United States and remained out of the kingdom for recovery.[51] He had one stroke and despite physiotherapy, his left arm does not work as well as his right.[52] After his appointment as Crown Prince various analysts including Simon Henderson argue that he is suffering from dementia.[53] In addition, he is believed to be suffering from Alzheimer's disease.[54]
    If he's pushing 80 with such health problems I dont expect him to be around for long.
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    Re: Saudi King Abdullah dies aged 91

    Quote Originally Posted by AmericanSpartan View Post
    Good bye cheap oil prices....
    You think? If they cut production they are essentially keeping US/Canadian oil producers up and running.

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    Re: Saudi King Abdullah dies aged 91

    Quote Originally Posted by AmericanSpartan View Post
    Good bye cheap oil prices....
    And hello massive drilling operations in North America.
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    Re: Saudi King Abdullah dies aged 91

    Quote Originally Posted by Declan View Post
    And now comes the civil war....

    I heard several weeks ago somewhere there were already people jockeying for control.
    They are always jockeying for control, but the house of Saud doesn't play around either. I expect building the wall will continue, and I expect even a hint of resistance will be met with overwhelming force.

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    Re: Saudi King Abdullah dies aged 91

    Hopefully, their oil policy doesn't change course, and the transition between rulers will be smooth.

    Saudi Arabia is the glue basically holding the Gulf states together against Iran. If it were to become destabilized, that could present some pretty significant problems.

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    Re: Saudi King Abdullah dies aged 91

    Quote Originally Posted by Gathomas88 View Post
    Hopefully, their oil policy doesn't change course, and the transition between rulers will be smooth.

    Saudi Arabia is the glue basically holding the Gulf states together against Iran. If it were to become destabilized, that could present some pretty significant problems.
    He's been very sick for months.
    I doubt it was he making Policy decisions on oil or anything else.
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    Re: Saudi King Abdullah dies aged 91

    Quote Originally Posted by mbig View Post
    He's been very sick for months.
    I doubt it was he making Policy decisions on oil or anything else.
    I was thinking much the same. It's likely that the King really isn't the most important aspect of the Saudi government, so much as his advisers, anyway.

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