Jul 20, 2020 - World

Saudi Arabia's King Salman is hospitalized

Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is speaking while sitting in a gold chair

Photo: Bandar Algaloud/Saudi Arabia's royal council/Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Saudia Arabia's King Salman, 84, was hospitalized Monday for tests after suffering gallbladder inflammation, heightening speculation about his health, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Why it matters: Salman's successor looks to be his son, 34-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS). While MBS has moved to showcase himself as a modernizer to Western allies, he has also presided over wide-ranging crackdowns of Saudi elites and the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khasgoggi.

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