Saudi Arabia’s king Salman admitted in hospital

Saudi Arabia’s king Salman admitted in hospital

Saudi Arabia's ageing King Salman has been admitted to hospital link for unspecified tests, state media reported Sunday.

The kingdom has generally sought to quell speculation over the health of the 86-year-old monarch, who has ruled the top oil exporter and the Arab world's biggest economy since 2015.

He entered King Faisal Specialist Hospital link in the coastal city of Jeddah on Saturday "to conduct some medical examinations link", according to an official report, citing a royal court statement.

"May God preserve the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and may he enjoy health and wellness," the statement said.

It is rare for the secretive kingdom to report on the health of the monarch.

In 2017, Saudi Arabia dismissed reports and mounting speculation the king was planning to abdicate in favour of his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the country's de facto ruler.

King Salman underwent surgery to remove his gall bladder in 2020.