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King Saud
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    (January 15, 1902-February 23, 1969)
    Born in Kuwait City, Kuwait
    Second-oldest son of King Ibn-Saud
    Named Crown Prince (1933)
    King of Saudi Arabia (1953-64)
    Forced to abdicate in favor of his younger half-brother Faisal (November 2, 1964)
    Died in Athens, Greece
    He married his older brother's widow.
    Despite growing oil revenue, he managed to double the national debt with lavish spending on palaces and his family.
    He was wildly inconsistent in his foreign policy.
    He went from supporting Egypt during the Suez crisis to sponsoring an assassination attempt against President Gamal Abdel Nassar.
    He started off opposing the pro-British monarchies in Iraq and Jordan, but later sent annual subsidies of £500,000 to prop them up.
    He was an alcoholic, despite liquor being forbidden by Islam.
    He went on his first diplomatic mission at age 13, leading a delegation to Qatar.
    He founded Riyadh University (later renamed King Saud University), the first university in Saudi Arabia not dedicated solely to religious subjects (1957).
    He let the US establish a military base in Saudi Arabia (in return for $180 million in foreign aid).
    Offered a chance to remain on the throne as a figurehead, he replied, 'I am not Queen Elizabeth. Arabian kings are kings or nothing.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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