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World leaders pay tribute to late King Abdallah

After the death of Saudi Arabi ’s King Abdallah on Friday, world leaders are landing in Riyadh this saturday to attend the funeral.

This Saturday, the British Prime Minister David Cameron, the French President Francois Hollande and while Vice-President Joe Biden will be leading the US delegation to take part in official ceremony in the Saudi Arabia capital. Iran will be represented by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

At the age of 90, King Abdullah died weeks after being admitted to hospital with a lung infection. His body was wrapped in a shroud, and buried in a public cemetery after prayers attended by Gulf heads of state and some foreign leaders.

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Prayers were made before King Abdallah got buried

The burial was conducted in line with the traditions of Wahhabism, the ultra conservative form of Sunni Islam followed by the kingdom where funerals are austere and simple.

Within hours of acceding to the throne, King Salman named his own son, Mohammed bin Salman, as defence minister. Other ministers, including foreign, oil and finance, were kept in place, state TV reported. The newly crowned King vowed to maintain the same policies as his predecessors. "We will continue adhering to the correct policies which Saudi Arabia has followed since its establishment," he said.

King Abdullah came to the throne in 2005. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised the Late’s work "to promote dialogue among the world’s faiths". However, human rights groups said Saudi Arabia’s human rights record had been poor under Abdullah.

Emile Ndayambaje - Imirasire.com

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