Oman’s Defence Council has announced that Haitham bin Tariq Al Said will succeed Sultan Qaboos as ruler of Oman. Haitham bin Tariq Al Said has served in a range of government roles, including undersecretary of the ministry of foreign affairs and the secretary general for the ministry of foreign affairs, as well as minister of heritage and culture. He has often chaired cabinet meetings and is well known and respected among Omani citizens.
The death of Sultan Qaboos was announced on Saturday morning. He was 79 years old and had ruled Oman for almost 50 years. He was widely credited with modernising the country and in developing its unique role as a regional mediator.