Saudi King Abdullah leaves hospital following successful surgery

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The operation, to correct “a ligamentary slackening in the upper back,” ended last month, a statement quoted by the official Saudi Press Agency news agency announced.

The sovereign had already undergone a similar operation in October last year.

In November 2010 he was operated on in New York for a slipped disc complicated by a blood clot that put pressure on his spine, and underwent a further operation the following month before convalescing for a month in Morocco.

King Abdullah has introduced economic and social reforms in the conservative Islamic kingdom aimed at reconciling Saudi Arabia’s religious traditions with a growing young population and modernity.

The heir to the throne is his half-brother Crown Prince Salman, 76, who was named to the succession on the death of Prince Nayef in June.

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