- Salman is "viewed as a pragmatic and cautious reformer," CNN's Becky Anderson says
- He ran the Saudi capital for nearly five decades as its population grew significantly
This story has been modified to remove reporting that did not meet CNN's editorial standards, including summaries of speculation by other news organizations about the King's mental acuity. London-based attorneys representing the Royal Court of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have told CNN that "any suggestion that King Salman is suffering from dementia or mental impairment of any kind is quite simply untrue."
(CNN)After the death of King Abdullah, Saudi Arabia quickly announced that one of his younger brothers, Crown Prince Salman, was succeeding him.