News Desk: Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said died on Friday (10 January).
He was one of the Middle East’s longest serving rulers who maintained the country’s neutrality in regional struggles.
Three days of official mourning have been declared with flags flown at half-mast for 40 days, for the Western-backed Qaboos, 79, who had ruled since taking over in a bloodless coup in 1970.
Qaboos had no children and had not publicly appointed a successor. A 1996 statute says the ruling family will choose a successor within three days of the throne becoming vacant.