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Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said passes away at 79


Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said passes away at 79
 

The longest serving ruler of Oman Sultan Qaboos bin Said passed away.

He was a charismatic and visionary leader who transformed Oman into a modern and prosperous nation.

The sultan deposed his father in a bloodless coup with British support in 1970.

According to the sultanate's Basic Statute, the Royal Family Council - comprising about 50 male members - should choose a new sultan within three days of the throne falling vacant.

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