Oman's Sultan Qaboos dies; council starts succession process
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  • 11:33 11 January 2020

Oman's Sultan Qaboos dies; council starts succession process

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 and the Gulf state’s high military council began the process to choose his successor, ONA reports citing Reuters. 

Three days of official mourning have been declared with flags flown at half-mast for 40 days, for the Western-backed Qaboos, 79, who had ruled since taking over in a bloodless coup in 1970 with the help of former colonial power Britain.

The cause of death has not been disclosed, but Qaboos had been unwell for years and spent a week in Belgium undergoing medical treatment in early December.

ONA

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