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With Saudi King Ailing, Stakes, Anticipation Run High

It was Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince – not the King, as customary– who inaugurated the sixth session of the consultative Shura Council this week.  King Abdullah, 90, has been hospitalized with pneumonia for more than a week, and this has renewed speculation about who will succeed him to the throne and lead the kingdom during a time of political and economic uncertainty.  Since the death of the Kingdom’s founder Abdulaziz ibn Saud in 1953, five kings have ruled Saudi Arabia,...

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