Muscat: This image made from video shows Oman's new sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, makes his first speech in front of the Royal Family Council in Muscat, Oman, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020.
Muscat: This image made from video shows Oman's new sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, makes his first speech in front of the Royal Family Council in Muscat, Oman, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020.
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Muscat: Oman's Culture Minister Haitham bin Tariq al-Said was on Saturday named as the successor of the late Sultan Qaboos bin Said al-Said, who died at the age of 79 after ruling the Arab country for nearly five decades.

Haitham bin Tariq al-Said took the oath of office on Saturday after a meeting of the Royal Family Council, the BBC quoted the government as saying. The former Minister is a cousin of Qaboos, the last Sultan of the Middle East who had no heir or a designated successor.

The official Omani agency ONA announced the news early Saturday in a short message without providing details of the causes of the demise of the Sultan, who travelled to Belgium last month for a medical check-up, reports Efe news.

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