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Saudi King Salman discharged from hospital after week-long stay

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s King Salman was discharged from hospital and walked slowly with a cane on Sunday evening after a colonoscopy a week earlier, according to video released by the court royal.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s King Salman was discharged from hospital and walked slowly with a cane on Sunday evening after a colonoscopy a week earlier, according to video released by the court royal.

The 86-year-old monarch’s health is being closely watched as he wields absolute power in the country, which is one of the world’s largest oil producers. His designated successor and 36-year-old son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salmanalready manages the current affairs of the country.

In the brief video, the monarch is seen leaving King Faisal Specialist Hospital in the city of Jeddah accompanied by an entourage of officials, including the Crown Prince and the region’s governor, Prince Khalid bin Faisal.

Following his surgery, which was reported on May 8, state media said doctors ordered King Salman to stay in hospital for a while to rest.

A few weeks earlier, he had changed the battery of his pacemaker. In 2020, the king underwent surgery to remove his gallbladder after a stint in hospital.

The monarch ascended the throne in January 2015 after the death of his half-brother, King Abdullah.

The Associated Press