New Saudi king vows no abrupt policy shifts

January 23, 2015 1:31 PM

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New Saudi king vows no abrupt policy shifts

As Saudis gathered Friday to the mourn the death of King Abdullah, his half-brother and handpicked successor, Crown Prince Salman, moved quickly to establish himself as the new king, name his own successor and promise a smooth transition.

King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, who was hospitalized with pneumonia in December, died early Friday at the age of 90.

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