Friday, January 23, 2015

Saudi King Abdullah Passes Away

Posted by Hashim Abd Ghani On 11:48 PM

By Staff Writer, Al Arabiya News
Friday, 23 January 2015

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has passed away, the Royal court said in a statement early on Friday. Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz becomes king and Prince Muqrin has been declared crown prince, another Royal court statement said.

“With great sorrow and grief His Highness Salman bin Abdulaziz  Al Saud and all members of the family and the nation mourn the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who passed away at exactly 1 a.m. this morning,” the Saudi Royal court statement said.

Funeral prayers will be held later in the day following afternoon prayers at Imam Turki Bin Abdullah Grand Mosque in the capital, Riyadh, according to the statement.


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