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    BBC News World leaders pay respects to late Saudi King Abdullah

    World leaders pay respects to late Saudi King Abdullah

    World leaders are due to arrive in Saudi Arabia to pay their respects in person after the death on Friday of King Abdullah.


    British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande will be in Riyadh. The US delegation is led by Vice-President Joe Biden.
    King Abdullah died aged 90. He was buried in an unmarked grave in Riyadh after Friday prayers.
    King Salman, 79, pledged continuity after his accession to the throne.
    He also moved swiftly to appoint heirs and ministers, including one prince from the ruling dynasty's third generation.
    On Saturday, Mr Cameron, Mr Hollande and Mr Biden will take part in official ceremonies in the Saudi capital.


    These visitors will be looking to take the measure of the character, mood and intentions of the new monarch, BBC Arab Affairs editor Alan Johnston reports.
    King Abdullah died on Friday, weeks after being admitted to hospital with a lung infection, and he was buried later that day.
    US President Barack Obama paid tribute to Abdullah as a leader who "was always candid and had the courage of his convictions".
    Mr Obama is shortening his three-day trip to India - dropping a visit to the Taj Mahal - and will now fly to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to meet the new king.
    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised Abdullah's work "to promote dialogue among the world's faiths".
    However, human rights groups said Saudi Arabia's human rights record had been dismal under Abdullah and urged Salman to do more to protect freedom of speech and women's rights.
    Amnesty International spokesman Neil Durkin described Abdullah's human rights legacy as "disastrous", saying that "endemic torture in police cells and in prisons" remained.

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    Within hours of acceding to the throne, King Salman vowed to maintain the same policies as his predecessors.
    "We will continue adhering to the correct policies which Saudi Arabia has followed since its establishment," he said.



    King Salman is known as a staunch conservative

    He named another of King Abdullah's half-brothers, Muqrin, as the new crown prince.
    Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef was appointed deputy crown prince, making him second in line to the throne and in effect smoothing the line of succession for years to come.
    Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed is a grandson of King Abdulaziz, usually referred to as Ibn Saud, the founder of modern Saudi Arabia. The crown has so far passed between Ibn Saud's sons, but few are still alive.
    King Abdullah came to the throne in 2005 but had already been Saudi Arabia's de-facto leader for 10 years because his predecessor, King Fahd, had been debilitated by a stroke.
    Abdullah had suffered frequent bouts of ill health in recent years, and King Salman had recently taken on the ailing monarch's responsibilities.
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    Default Re: World leaders pay respects to late Saudi King Abdullah

    I wonder if the world leaders will go flocking to Zimbabwe in the same way when Mugabe pops his clogs?

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    Default Re: World leaders pay respects to late Saudi King Abdullah

    Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz dies..How about ending the brutal Medieval execut1ons over there now then?! The media are portraying him as some sort of hero.The Saudis are basically like Yemen, but with oil. Usually societies like that would disintegrate into the bunch of tribes they are (as Yemen does right now) but in this case the oil money stabilizes it...Rant over for now...

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    Default Re: World leaders pay respects to late Saudi King Abdullah

    Normally we just put RIP on here....!


    So.... Saudi Arabia... One of the most oppressive countries in the middle east, yet seems to have a good PR machine thanks to it's relationship with the USA.

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