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Saudi King Suffering From “High Fever”, To Undergo Medical Tests: Report

King Salman, 88, has been on the throne since 2015. (File)

Riyadh:

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman is suffering from a “high fever” and joint pain and will undergo a second medical check within a month, state media reported on Sunday.

In a statement published by the Saudi State News Agency (SPA), the Royal Court said the tests would be carried out at a clinic at Al Salam Palace in Jeddah.

The statement said King Salman was “suffering from a high fever and joint pain.” “The treating medical team decided to diagnose his health condition and conduct several tests to ensure his health.”

King Salman, 88, 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.

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.

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

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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