Saudi King Fahd Dies; Abdullah Named New Ruler
Saudi Arabia's King Fahd died Monday after a long period of ill health. His half brother -- Crown Prince Abdullah -- was named the new ruler. Abdullah has been the Middle East oil giant's de facto ruler since Fahd suffered a disabling stroke in 1995.
Reports of King Fahd's age vary between 83 and 84.
The new king named his half-brother and Saudi Defense Minister Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz as a crown prince. Saudi citizens are expected to start pledging allegiance to both leaders in the ruling palace in Riyadh on Wednesday following Fahd's burial Tuesday.
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