King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, 87, was hospitalized in Riyadh to undergo another back surgery, announced on the night of Sunday to Monday, the official SPA news agency.
The Saudi monarch had suffered last year in the United States two operations as a result of a herniated disc. It must again be made "due to a relaxation of the stabilizing ligament around the third vertebra," the agency said.
The royal cabinet announced Tuesday that Saudi King suffered back and again it would be operated in the coming days in Riyadh.
King Abdullah had surgery in November 2010 in New York for a herniated disc, complicated by a hematoma. He then underwent a second operation in early December, before going on a period of convalescence in Morocco from January 22, 2011.
February 23, he had returned home after an absence of three months to resume management of the affairs of the kingdom.
The age of King Abdullah and the foreign hospital had fueled rumors about the future direction of the kingdom, a key player in politics in the Middle East and exporter of oil.
The crown prince and defense minister, Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, also an octogenarian, is from the month of June in the U.S. for medical care. He underwent surgery in July.
Half-brother of King Abdullah, Prince Sultan, whose health is faltering, has repeatedly long out of the country in recent years.
Prince Nayef, 78, interior minister and the king's half-brother, is third in the line of succession since his appointment in March 2009 to the post of second deputy prime minister.