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Oman’s Sultan Qaboos ‘in good health’ - minister

Foreign minister says people are more worried about Oman succession outside the country than inside

15:45 October 14, 2016
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Muscat: Oman’s Sultan Qaboos Bin Saeed is in “good health”, the country’s foreign minister said in an interview published on Thursday.

“He is well and thanks to God, he is in good health,” said Yousuf Bin Alawi in an interview with the Saudi newspaper Okaz.

Qaboos, who has ruled the Gulf sultanate since 1970, reduced his public activities since starting treatment for an illness in 2014.

The Sultan has no children or brothers, meaning his cousins are his closest relatives.

Bin Alawi told Okaz the Sultan’s succession was “arranged in a clear way” and that “people are more worried outside the country than inside”.

According to a 1996 constitution, the Sultan must write a letter designating a successor from the Ruling dynasty, to be opened in the event that his family cannot agree on his replacement within three days of his death.

Sultan Qaboos took the throne on July 23, 1970. He has set about reforming the sultanate.