Saudi crown prince assures cabinet of king's health
RIYADH (AFP) - Saudi Arabia's crown prince on Monday assured cabinet members over the health of King Abdullah, 89, who underwent back surgery on Nov 18 and has since remained in hospital, state news agency SPA reported.
It said Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz chaired a cabinet meeting and "assured (ministers) over the health" of the ailing king, of whom no photograph has been released since his hospitalisation.
The cabinet said at the time that the monarch had "successfully" undergone a new operation on his back to correct "a ligamentary slackening in the upper back." While daily official reports have said the king's sons have been receiving well-wishers at the hospital in Riyadh, rumours over his health have spread on the Twitter microblogging website.
The sovereign had a similar operation in October last year.