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n.1.Infirmity; feebleness.
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more recently, it stepped on uncharted territory when its 61-year- old former emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani abdicatedpower to his son, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, for none of the customary reasons, such as the infirmness of a leader.
In practice, King Fahd, given his age and infirmness, may not want to return to the long working days and the heavy responsibilities which go with being the head of the ruling family.