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World Cousin of late Oman sultan sworn in as new ruler

10:16  11 january  2020
10:16  11 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

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The sultan deposed his father in a bloodless coup with British support in 1970. Using its oil wealth, he then set Oman on a path to development. The leading contenders reportedly include three brothers who are cousins of the late sultan : Culture Minister Haitham bin Tariq Al Said; Deputy Prime

Sultan Qaboos bin Said — the Middle East's longest-ruling monarch — underwent medical treatment in Belgium last month after his health deteriorated. In 1970, he took over the country in a bloodless coup with the help of Oman 's former colonial power, Britain. The sultan was known for his diplomatic

Haitham bin Tariq, Oman's culture minister and the 65-year-old cousin of late Sultan Qaboos, has been sworn in as the new royal ruler, the government said Saturday.

Prince Harry wearing a suit and tie: Haitham bin Tariq, who has been sworn in as Oman's new ruler, is seen meeting Britain's Prince Harry in November 2014© - Haitham bin Tariq, who has been sworn in as Oman's new ruler, is seen meeting Britain's Prince Harry in November 2014

"Haitham bin Tariq was sworn in as the new sultan of the country... after a meeting of the family which decided to appoint the one who was chosen by the sultan," the government said in a tweet.

Sultan Qaboos, the longest-reigning leader of the modern Arab world who died Friday at the age of 79, was unmarried and had no children, and left no apparent heir.

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The former culture minister has been sworn in before the ruling family council on Saturday.

The Sultan of the Sultanate of Oman is the monarch and head of state of Oman . It is the most powerful position in the country. The sultans of Oman are members of the Al Said dynasty

According to the Omani constitution, the royal family had three days to determine the successor and if they failed to agree, the person chosen by Qaboos in a letter addressed to the family would be the successor.

Most experts had expected the throne to go to Asad bin Tariq, another cousin, who was appointed deputy prime minister for international relations and cooperation affairs in 2017 in what was seen as a clear message of support.

Haitham, a sports enthusiast, held the position of undersecretary of the ministry of foreign affairs for political affairs before becoming the minister of heritage and culture in the mid-1990s.

He was also the first head of Oman's football federation in the early 80s.

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