Sultan Qaboos of Oman dies at 79



Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said of Oman, the Arab world’s longest-serving ruler, has died aged 79.

The sultan deposed his father in a bloodless coup with British support in 1970 and set Oman on a path to development, using its oil wealth.

Widely regarded as popular, he was also an absolute monarch and any dissenting voices were silenced.

No cause of death has been confirmed. His cousin Haitham bin Tariq Al Said has sworn in as his successor.

The former culture and heritage minister took the oath of office on Saturday after a meeting of the Royal Family Council, the government said.

The sultan is the paramount decision-maker in Oman. He also holds the positions of the prime minister, supreme commander of the armed forces, minister of defence, minister of finance and minister of foreign affairs.

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