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Sultan Qaboos Of Oman Passes Away



Sultan Qaboos Of Oman Passes Away

Sultan Qaboos Of Oman Passes Away: The Sultan of Oman Qaboos bin Said is no more! Aljazeera reported citing state television on Friday. Qaboos was 79-year-old and was ill for a long time. He has served as the sultan or the Ruler of Oman since 1970 when he ousted his father in a bloodless coup.

Qaboos had no children and has not publicly named his successor. Sultan Qaboos traveled to Belgium for a week in December for what was described then as “medical checks.” He returned to Oman but speculations of his deteriorating health were rife.

Sultan Qaboos Of Oman Passes Away

PM Modi also tweeted expressing his sorrows over the sad demise of the Sultan of Oman, “I am deeply saddened to learn about the passing away of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said. He was a visionary leader and statesman who transformed Oman into a modern and prosperous nation. He was a beacon of peace for our region and the world”.

Haitham, Bin Tariq Sworn In As The Successor To Sultan Qaboos

Sultan Qaboos Of Oman Passes Away

Oman‘s culture minister Haitham bin Tariq has been sworn in as a royal ruler after the death of his cousin Sultan Qaboos, who transformed his nation and became a vital mediator in a turbulent region.

Qaboos, who died on Friday at the age of 79 as the longest-serving leader of the modern Arab world, came to power in 1970 when he deposed his father in a palace coup. He had been ill for some time and was believed to be suffering from colon cancer.

Qaboos had left no apparent heir. He was unmarried, had no children or brothers and his successor was to be chosen in a meeting of the royal family.

Under the Omani constitution, they had three days to make a decision and if they failed to agree, the person chosen by the late sultan in a sealed letter would succeed him.

State TV said during a live broadcast of the funeral that the letter had been opened, without elaborating as to why.

“Haitham bin Tariq was sworn in as the new sultan of the country… after a meeting of the family which decided to appoint the one who was chosen by the sultan,” the government said in a tweet.

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