Industry Desk: Heitham Bin Tariq Al Said, Oman’s former culture minister, was sworn in as the country’s new Sultan or ruler following the death of his cousin Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said.
Heitham was sworn in on Saturday morning before the ruling family council as the country’s new sultan, just hours after the announcement of Sultan Qaboos’ demise, Omani state television said.
Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said, 79, the longest-reigning leader of the modern Arab world, has died on Friday. Before his death, he did not publicly appoint any successor. the royal family shall, within three days of the throne falling vacant, determine the successor, according to the Omani constitution.
Therefore, the name of the late Sultan’s cousin, Heitham Bin Tariq Al Said, was named as the successor to the royal family.
State television reported that the country’s authorities unveiled a sealed letter from Qaboos before announcing the Heitham Bin Tariq as the new Sultan.
Qaboos had nominated Heitham as his successor before his death. A family meeting was held after opening the letter to Qaboos. After the family meeting that the decision was made to appoint Heitham who was chosen by the Sultan, according to a Twitter message from the country’s government.
Sultan Qaboos was ill for a long time before his death. He had been suffering from colon cancer for the past few years. He has ruled Oman for almost half a century since he took power from his father in 1970.
A three-day state mourning has been announced in the death of Sultan Qaboos. Besides, it has been announced that the national flag will be hoisted lower for 7 days.
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