The Straits Times
Published on Nov 28, 2012

Saudi King Abdullah appears for first time since back surgery


JEDDAH (REUTERS) - Saudi King Abdullah has appeared on state television on Wednesday for the first time since his 11-hour back operation on Nov 17, helping assuage fears over his health.

In footage broadcast on state television, the monarch, who is in his late 80s, looked in good health as he sat in a chair receiving members of the royal family and officials in Riyadh.

The surgery was conducted at the National Guard's hospital in the capital Riyadh.

Because power in the world's top oil-exporting country is concentrated in the hands of the king and top princes, their health is closely watched.