By Jonathan Davies

The King of Saudi Arabia Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has died at the age of 90.

Officials said King Abdullah passed away after spending a number of weeks in hospital tackling a lung infection.

His half-brother, 79-year old Salman, has become the new King of one of the biggest oil producing countries in the world.

King Abdullah came to the throne in 2005 and was highly regarded for his move to give women the vote,FIFA Coins despite strong religious opposition.

"His Highness Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud and all members of the family and the nation mourn the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who passed away at exactly 01:00 this morning," an official statement said.

US President Barack Obama said: "As a leader, he was always candid and had the courage of his convictions. One of those convictions was his steadfast and passionate belief in the importance of the US-Saudi relationship as a force for stability and security in the Middle East and beyond."

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