Saudi Arabia: The Ailing, Failing King

In recent months 62-year-old King Saud of Saudi Arabia has suffered a succession of intestinal, stomach, chest, circulatory and heart ailments. Often they seem to be aggravated by the swirling political events in his desert capital of Riyadh. After the Yemen rebellion last fall threatened the stability of his throne, Saud's health was so upset that he turned the government over to his able brother, Prince Feisal, and flew to Switzerland for treatment.

While Saud spent weeks convalescing in Paris and on the Riviera, Prince Feisal was using a new broom at home. He fired all of Saud's sons and aides...

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