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It’s not a very auspicious sign when commentators start zeroing in on the health of the new king of the world’s largest oil producer.

Salman bin Abdulaziz Saud, 79, has assumed the throne after the death of his half-brother, 91-year-old King Abdullah.

According to the Washington Institute’s Simon Henderson, Salman’s brain is “evidently ravaged by dementia”.