Oman’s Sultan Qaboos dies: Oman state media

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Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman has died, according to state television early on Saturday.

Sultan Qaboos, 79, ruled Oman since overthrowing his father in a bloodless coup in 1970.

Since assuming power, Qaboos transformed Oman from an isolated backwater, with little or no infrastructure, into a modern state.

But his prolonged absence for treatment has stirred questions over succession.

He had recently returned to the capital, Muscat, after medical treatment in Germany.

In October 2011, Qaboos, who has no children or brothers, amended the process of choosing his successor.

The sultan, whose closest relatives are cousins, appointed five top officials to a council that would be involved in confirming the new sultan in case of any royal family dispute.

Oman’s Sultan Qaboos dies: Oman state media

Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman has died, according to state television early on Saturday. Sultan Qaboos, 79, ruled Oman since overthrowing his father in a bloodless coup in 1970. Since assuming power, Qaboos transformed Oman from an isolated backwater, with little or no infrastructure, into a modern state.

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