Haitham bin Tariq al-Said has been sworn in as the new Sultan of Oman, the government said on Saturday morning, hours after it was announced that Sultan Qaboos passed away at the age of 79.
Haitham bin Tariq was chosen by a ruling family council that convened on Saturday. It opened a sealed envelop in which Sultan Qaboos had secretly written his recommendation in case the family could not agree, and opted to follow his “wise” guidance, Reuters reported.
“Haitham bin Tariq was sworn in as the new sultan of the country... after a meeting of the family which decided to appoint the one who was chosen by the sultan,” the government said in a tweet.
The cousin of the late Sultan and his successor, who is a member of the al-Said royal family, previously served as Oman’s Culture and Heritage Minister, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Secretary General for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The 65-year-old is the tenth Sultan of Oman.