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New Saudi King sworn in

Published:Friday | January 23, 2015 | 1:15 PM

Saudi Arabian King Salman has pledged continuity, hours after his accession to the throne following the death of his half-brother, King Abdullah.



The new king moved swiftly to appoint heirs and ministers, including one prince from the ruling dynasty's third generation.



King Abdullah died overnight, weeks after being admitted to hospital with a lung infection.

Funeral ceremonies are being held ahead of his burial in an unmarked grave.

Within hours of taking the throne of the oil-rich kingdom, 78-year-old King Salman owed to maintain the same policies as his predecessors.



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