Haitham Bin Tareq Al Saeed has been sworn in as Oman's new ruler.
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DUBAI – The cousin of Oman’s late Sultan Qaboos has been sworn in as the new ruler, the government announced on Saturday (January 11).
Haitham Bin Tareq Al Saeed, Oman’s culture minister, was sworn in as sultan “after a meeting of the family which decided to appoint the one who was chosen by the sultan”.
Sultan Qaboos died on Friday evening at the age of 79. He was the longest-serving ruler of the Arab world. He had no children and had not publicly named a successor.
Under Oman law, the ruling family must choose a successor within three days. If there is no consensus, a council of army officials, supreme court chiefs and heads of assemblies will appoint a successor that he secretly named in a sealed letter.
Haitham, 65, has held the position of undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Political Affairs before becoming Minister of Heritage and Culture in the mid-1990s.
He is a sports enthusiast and was the first head of Oman’s football federation in the early 1980s.
Meanwhile, a three-day mourning period has been declared in Oman in respect of Sultan Qaboos. ICA/Expat Media
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