Oman’s Sultan Qaboos dies. His cousin Haitham bin Tariq Al Said sworn as the country’s new ruler
Oman’s Sultan Qaboos dies aged 79 Qaboos’s cousing Haitham bin Tariq Al Said named as the country’s new ruler
Oman declares a three-day mourning period for ruler known for promoting peace in the region.
Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said, the Arab world’s longest-ruling monarch , has died, according to an announcement by state media.
“With sadness … the Omani Sultanate court mourns … our Sultan Qaboos bin Said … who God chose to be by his side on Friday evening,” the announcement on Saturday morning said.
It added that 79-year-old Qaboos died after “a wise and triumphant march rich with generosity that embraced Oman and extended to the Arab, Muslim and entire world, and achieved a balanced policy that the whole world respected”.
A three-day period of mourning has been declared in Oman and the country’s flag will be flown at half-mast for 40 days.
Later on Saturday, Oman named Qaboos’s cousing Haitham bin Tariq Al Said as the country’s new ruler in a smooth transition.
The former culture minister, 65, was sworn in before the ruling family council on Saturday morning.
State television said authorities had opened a letter by Qaboos naming his successor, without elaborating, before announcing Haitham bin Tariq as the new ruler.
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