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At the age of 79, the Sultan of Oman Qaboos dies


The Sultan of Oman, Qaboos bin Said, passed away on Saturday at the age of 79, the country’s royal court reported.

Three days of national mourning have been declared in the country.

The National Security Council called for the royal family to convene to appoint the new ruler, in accordance with Article Six of the Constitution, as the sultan did not appoint his successor.

The council headed by Sultan bin Mohamed Al Numani, convened after the sultan’s death, will continue until the new ruler is appointed.

If no consensus can be reached in a three-day period, the National Security Council, the Supreme Court President and the heads of the advisory council will open an envelope containing the name proposed by Sultan Qaboos to take the throne and run the country.

Sultan Qaboos has traveled abroad twice for treatment since 2014. He traveled to Belgium on December 7 due to health problems and returned on December 13, the Aman news agency reported.

Qaboos bin Said has been a sultan since 1970 and was the eighth sultan of the Al Said House. He was the monarch who stood most in the throne among the current Arab rulers.


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