Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said dies aged 79

Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said dies aged 79

By QLNews

Recognized as one of the world's greatest advocates for peace, the ruler of the State of Oman for nearly 50 years, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said has died late Friday, Oman News Agency has confirmed. 

The Omani ruler had returned home last month after medical check-ups in Belgium.

Born on November 18, 1940, Qaboos was a direct descendant of the founder of the Al Bu Said dynasty that created the sultanate in the 1600s, Al Jazeera reported. 

He underwent military training with the British army in Germany before returning to Oman in 1964 to study Islamic law and Oman's history. 

Sultan Qaboos deposed his father in a bloodless coup in 1970 and spearheaded the country's development, pulling it from its most-fragile state and transforming it into a rich, thriving nation in the Gulf region. 

The leader has no children and brothers, meaning there are no direct successors to the throne.

However, Oman's Basic Law obligates that "a successor must come from the royal family and be chosen by a family council within three days of the sultan’s death."

In the case that the family fails to make the decision within the specified time, a sealed envelope left behind by the sultan will be opened. 

The envelope contains the name of the Sultan's preferred successor. 

The country has declared a three day mourning period with flags to be flown at half-mast for 40 days. 

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Cover Image Credit: Reuters
Source: Al Jazeera
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