Saudi King Salman leaves hospital after week-long stay

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — King Salman of Saudi Arabia was released from hospital and walked slowly with the help of a cane Sunday night after a colonoscopy a week earlier, according to a video released by the royal court.

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 biggest oil producers. His designated successor and 36-year-old son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, already runs the day-to-day affairs of the country.

In the short video, the monarch is seen leaving the King Faisal Specialized Hospital in the city of Jiddah accompanied by an entourage of officials, including the crown prince and the region’s governor, Prince Khalid bin Faisal.

After his procedure, which was reported on May 8, state media said King Salman had been ordered by doctors to stay in hospital for a while to rest.

Weeks before they changed the battery of the 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.

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