Saudi Arabia King Salman Has A Lung Infection, Will Be Treated With Antibiotics

This is the second time in less than a month that the Saudi government has publicly commented on his health.


Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has a lung infection and is undergoing a treatment program that includes antibiotics, the Royal Court said Sunday in the latest update on the elderly King’s health.

Earlier, the court announced that King Salman was suffering from a “high fever” and joint pain and would undergo medical tests at Al Salam Palace in Jeddah.

This is the second time in less than a month that the Saudi government has publicly commented on the 88-year-old king’s health.

According to the latest royal statement published by the Saudi State News Agency (SPA), tests on Sunday “revealed that he had a lung infection” and doctors decided on “a treatment program with antibiotics until the inflammation subsides.” That’s what it means.

King Salman has been on the throne since 2015, but his son Mohammed bin Salman, 38, was named crown prince in 2017 and serves as day-to-day ruler.

Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, has long sought to quell speculation about King Salman’s health.

The king’s health is rarely discussed, but the Royal Court revealed in April that he had been admitted to King Faisal Specialist Hospital for “routine tests”. He was discharged from the hospital later that day.

Prior to that, his most recent hospitalization was in May 2022, when he underwent a colonoscopy and was hospitalized for just over a week for other tests and “for rest,” SPA reported at the time.

In 2017, Riyadh denied reports and growing speculation that the king was planning to abdicate in favor of Crown Prince Mohammed.

King Salman underwent surgery to remove his gallbladder in 2020.

He was also hospitalized in March 2022 for what state media described as a “successful medical examination” and to have his pacemaker battery replaced.

King Salman served as governor of Riyadh for decades and also served as defense minister.

His reign as king was marked by ambitious social and economic reforms, largely run by his son, that ultimately seek to position Saudi Arabia for a post-oil future.

Crown Prince Mohammed has also overseen a harsh crackdown on dissent, which analysts say has helped cement his power.

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