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King Salman
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    (December 31, 1935- )
    Born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
    Full name is Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
    25th son of King Ibn Saud
    Governor of Riyadh Province (1948-2011)
    Minister of Defense (2011-15)
    Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia (2012-15)
    Became the 7th King of Saudi Arabia after the death of his half-brother Abdullah (crowned January 23, 2015)
    His Wikipedia page notes, ‘Not to be confused with king salmon.’
    He ordered the Saudi Air Force to intervene in the civil war in neighboring Yemen (March, 2015).
    The Saudis have been accused of committing human rights violations in Yemen, including using cluster bombs against civilians and targeting refugee camps.
    In the civil war in Syria, he backed the Army of Conquest, which included the Al-Nusra Front, the official Syrian branch of al-Qaeda.
    He said ‘democracy should not be imposed’ in Saudi Arabia.
    As governor, he oversaw the development of Riyadh from a middling town to a major metropolis.
    He was often the mediator in settling disputes among the extended Saudi royal family of 4,000+ princes.
    Shortly after being crowned, he ordered a major streamlining of the government bureaucracy.
    He issued a decree ending the country’s ban on women drivers (September 26, 2017).

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