Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah (90) is dead, having been hospitalized for several weeks. His 79 years old brother is now taking over the throne in the oil-rich, deeply conservative country.
The Saudi television around midnight canceled the planned broadcast and began broadcasting Koranic verses.
This is often done after death in the royal family.
Then it became clear: King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has died at the age of 90 years.
He took over the throne in the deeply conservative and oil-rich country in 2005 but has struggled in recent years with a deteriorating health condition. The funeral will, according to Islamic tradition, be held on Friday, according to the TV channel Al-Jazeera.
Abdullah's brother, 79 years old Salman is declared as the new king of the Sunni-dominated monarchy.
He is also in poor health: he has had at least one stroke and is described as partially paralyzed and reduced. He also suffer from alzheimer.
Salman was governor of the Riyadh province for nearly 50 years before he in 2011 was appointed Minister of Defence and Deputy Prime Minister. He is described as diplomatic and good at solving internal feuds in the royal family.
He is the son of Ibn Saud, the country's founder and first monarch.
Prince Muqrin has now become the country's new crown prince.
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