The royal court has not issued any statement about the king’s condition. What should it say: that the monarch is in a vegetative state?
With King Abdullah virtually incapacitated—and according to some reports in a coma—the battle for succession has heated up. The appointment of Mohammad bin Nayef gives clue that he might become the king of Saudi Arabia in the near future.
The king is on life support while the kingdom is on autopilot for now.
The death on June 16 of Saudi “Crown Prince” Nayef ibn ‘Abd al-Aziz in Geneva has sent the desert kingdom into a frenzy of grief and panic.
News of Shaikh Hassan’s deteriorating health came from a government appointed prison physician who said his cancer had returned.