Saudi King Undergoing Medical Tests for High Temperature and Joint Pain

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman is experiencing a “high temperature” and joint pain, prompting his second round of medical tests in less than a month, as reported by state media on Sunday.

The tests will be conducted at a clinic in the Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah, according to a statement from the Royal Court published by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The statement mentioned that King Salman is suffering from a high temperature and joint pain, leading the medical team to conduct tests to diagnose his health condition and ensure his well-being.

At 88 years old, King Salman has been reigning since 2015, although his son, Mohammed bin Salman, 38, was appointed crown prince in 2017 and handles daily governance.

While the monarch’s health is typically private, the Royal Court revealed in April that he had undergone routine examinations at King Faisal Specialist Hospital. He was discharged the same day.

This is not the first time King Salman has sought medical attention. In May 2022, he underwent a colonoscopy and spent over a week in the hospital for tests and rest.

Despite efforts to address speculation, rumors about King Salman’s health have persisted for years. In 2017, Riyadh dismissed reports of his abdication plans.

King Salman previously underwent gall bladder surgery in 2020 and had medical tests in March 2022 to replace his pacemaker battery.

His reign has seen significant social and economic reforms led by his son, aimed at preparing Saudi Arabia for a post-oil future. However, Prince Mohammed has also faced criticism for his crackdown on dissent.

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