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Sultan Of Oman, 79, Who Ruled Country Since 1970, Dies

Sultan Of Oman, 79, Who Ruled Country Since 1970, Dies

Sultan of Oman Qaboos bin Said al-Said at Beit Al Baraka Royal Palace on January 14, 2019 (Reuters)

Dubai:

Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said died on Friday evening, state media said early on Saturday, and a three-day period of national mourning was declared.

Western-backed Qaboos, 79, had ruled the Gulf Arab state since he took over in a bloodless coup in 1970 with the help of Oman's former colonial power Britain.

Qaboos had no children and had not publicly appointed a successor. A 1996 statute says the ruling family will choose a successor within three days of the throne becoming vacant.

If they fail to agree, a council of military and security officials, supreme court chiefs and heads of the two consultative assemblies will put in power the person whose name has been secretly written by the sultan in a sealed letter.

A three-day period of official mourning for the public and private sectors has been declared, state media said.

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