Jordanian king quits Davos forum after Saudi monarch's death

King Abdullah II of Jordan and other Middle Eastern dignitaries left the Davos World Economic Forum on Friday, flying home early on news of the death of the Saudi King Abdullah, event organisers told AFP.

Davos: King Abdullah II of Jordan and other Middle Eastern dignitaries left the Davos World Economic Forum on Friday, flying home early on news of the death of the Saudi King Abdullah, event organisers told AFP.

The Jordanian king was set to address the world's financial and political elite in a speech at 1845 IST, but the address was cancelled, WEF planners said.

Saudi Arabia's Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Saud, the half-brother to King Abdullah, also left the posh ski resort, cancelling a today morning appearance alongside ministers from Canada and Germany.

The elderly King Abdullah died earlier today and was replaced by another half-brother Salman as the absolute ruler of the world's top oil exporter and the spiritual home of Islam. He is to be buried later today.  

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