Saudi King Abdullah has recently undergone back surgery in Riyadh. The King had been complaining of pain in his back, but came out of the surgery healthy.
After his complaints of pain, King Abdullah was admitted to The National Guard’s King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh, where a ligament in his upper back was tightened.
This isn’t the king’s first surgery, though. In October of 2010 he underwent two back surgeries, where it was discovered that he had a blood clot and a herniated disk in his lower back. At that time his surgeries were done in the United States, and were also successful.
The risk of his most recent surgery was his age. He is in his late eighties, with estimates putting him anywhere from 86 to 89.
The other danger was about the fate of the world’s number two oil supplier, and what impact the death of its leader would have on those that depend on it.
But fortunately, King Abdullah has come out of his surgery. He has named Prince Salman as his heir, but Saudi Arabia is relieved that he will remain king. Saudi Arabia has managed to maintain a stable government by giving generous money to their citizens and banning public demonstrations.
Seeing as Saudi Arabia is an important U.S. Ally, why was it key that King Abdullah survive his surgery? How would the world, and particularly the U.S. do, if King Abdullah had not survived this surgery? Would Prince Salman be able to maintain a stable Saudi government?
Sources: Chicago Tribune, Dawn