Saudi King Fahd Dies; Abdullah Named New Ruler

King Abdullah, left, and King Fahd in a composite photo. i i

New King Abdullah, left, and the late King Fahd are seen in a composite photo. The image of Fahd was taken in 2000. Reuters hide caption

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King Abdullah, left, and King Fahd in a composite photo.

New King Abdullah, left, and the late King Fahd are seen in a composite photo. The image of Fahd was taken in 2000.

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Saudi Arabia's King Fahd died Monday after a long period of ill health. His half brother — Crown Prince Abdullah — was named the new ruler. Abdullah has been the Middle East oil giant's de facto ruler since Fahd suffered a disabling stroke in 1995.

Reports of King Fahd's age vary between 83 and 84.

The new king named his half-brother and Saudi Defense Minister Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz as a crown prince. Saudi citizens are expected to start pledging allegiance to both leaders in the ruling palace in Riyadh on Wednesday following Fahd's burial Tuesday.

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