Sultan Qaboos death is the talk of the town in Oman. Oman’s ailing Sultan Qaboos bin Said, one of the Middle East’s longest-serving rulers who maintained the country’s neutrality in regional struggles, died on Friday, January 10.

YaahooJournalist understands that the Gulf state’s high military council has started the process to choose his successor.

Sultan Qaboos Cause Of Death

YaahooJournalist reports that the State news agency ONA did not give a cause of death, but Sultan Qaboos had been unwell for years and spent a week in Belgium undergoing medical treatment in early December 2019.

How Sultan Of Oman Died

Sultan Qaboos, who ruled Oman since overthrowing his father in a bloodless coup in 1970, died at age 79.

Since assuming power, Qaboos transformed Oman from an isolated backwater, with little or no infrastructure, into a modern state.

What next after Sultan Qaboos death?

Sultan Qaboos, YaahooJournalist understands, 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.

Several reports say the high military council, in a statement carried on state media on Saturday, called on Oman’s ruling family council to convene to choose a new ruler.

YaahooJournalist understands that if the council fails 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.

Sultan Qaboos Death

Oman observers say the sultan’s three cousins – Assad, Shihab, and Haitham bin Tariq al-Said – stand the best chance.

“I imagine that the succession itself will be a smooth process within Oman,” Kristian Coates Ulrichsen of the Texas-based Rice University’s Baker Institute told Reuters.

“But the wildcard is whether any of Oman’s neighbours might try to pressure the new sultan as he settles into power – just as the Saudis and Emiratis tried to pressure Emir Tamim in the weeks and months after he assumed power in Qatar in 2013.”

Tributes pour in for Sultan Qaboos

Omani state television and the state news agency said early on Saturday: “With sadness … the Omani Sultanate court mourns … our Sultan Qaboos bin Said … who God chose to be by his side on Friday evening,” the agency said.

It added that Qaboos died after “a wise and triumphant march rich with the generosity that embraced Oman and extended to the Arab, Muslim, and entire world, and achieved a balanced policy that the whole world respected”.

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