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Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman passes away at 79

Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman passes away at 79
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Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the King of Oman passed away on Friday , the Royal Court announced. The Sultan’s death happened on Friday and was announced by the official Oman News Agency. His death follows a years-long struggle with an illness. He was 79.

The Diwan of Royal Court issued an obituary on Saturday morning with the following text, "To the people of the beloved homeland in all its districts, to the Arab and Islamic nations and to the world at large. It is with hearts filled with faith in Allah and his Providence ,and with great sorrow and deep sadness- yet with complete satisfaction and absolute submission to the will of the Almighty Allah, that the Diwan of Royal Court mourns His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, who passed away on Friday, the 14th of Jumada Al-Ula, the 10th of January 2020."
The Diwan has also declared an official three day mourning period, with the country's flag to be flown at half-mast for the next 40 days in the country.

There’s no designated heir as Qaboos had no known brothers or children. Observers are expecting that one of the cousins will be declared as the next Sultan. The written constitution Qaboos introduced requires the ruling family to choose a successor within three days of the throne falling vacant.

Sultan Qaboos , supported by the Britain came to power in 1970 in a bloodless coup against his father . He was then just 29 years of age. Sultan Qaboos followed a moderate and a stable foreign policy and is credited with turning Oman into a modern country. During his rule , Oman often became the neutral mediator in the otherwise volatile region.

Qaboos was born on 18th November 1940, in Salalah, southern Oman, according to his official biography. He attended school in Oman and England before entering the U.K.’s Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.

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