Aged Saudi ruler to fly to US over blood clot

The development would renew questions about succession in oil-rich kingdom.

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia`s royal palace has announced that King Abdullah has been admitted to hospital after suffering from back pain due to a blood clot.

The Saudi official news agency quoted the palace statement on Friday as saying a blood clot had created pressure on the nerves surrounding a ruptured disc and doctors asked him to rest.

Egyptian government newspapers had reported that President Hosni Mubarak would meet the king on Saturday.

Earlier this week, the 86-year-old king stepped down as head of the country`s National Guard and transferred the influential position to his son.

He also handed over his traditional supervisory duties for the annual hajj pilgrimage to his deputy prime minister because doctors advised him to rest after rupturing a disc in his back.


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