The Sultan of Oman and Arab world’s longest-serving ruler, Qaboos bin Said Al Said, has passed away at the age of 79 without an heir or designated successor of the throne after ruling for fifty years.
‘With great sorrow and deep sadness… the royal court mourns His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who passed away on Friday,’ a court statement said early on Saturday
According to report, Qaboos who recently traveled to Belgium for what the court described as a medical checkup was said to be in poor health. There were unverified reports that he was suffering from cancer.
It was gathered that the royal court has declared 3 days of mourning for the unmarried Sultan who didn’t birth any child and also did not publicly name an heir since he seized power in a 1970 palace coup with the help of Oman’s former colonial power, Britain.
The sultanate’s Basic Statute revealed that the Royal Family Council, comprising of about fifty male members will choose a new sultan within 3 days of the throne falling vacant.