In the early hours of this morning, Oman announced the death of its Sultan Qaboos bin Saeed at the age of 79.
The Royal Court announced mourning and the suspension of official work for the public and private sectors for three days and flags at half-mast in the next forty days.
Qaboos was the ninth Sultan of the Sultanate of Oman, the Prime Minister, the Minister of Defense, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Finance, the governor of the Central Bank, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and the twelfth ruler of the Al-Said family.
The ruler was called the imam before he was called the sultan, and he is considered the owner of the longest rule among the Arab and third rulers in the world.
Who will succeed Qaboos?
The 1996 law states that the ruling family will choose a successor within three days of the ascension to the throne.
In the event that the ruling family fails to agree, the Council of Military and Security Officials, Presidents of the High Courts and Presidents of both Houses will place in power the person whose name the Sultan wrote in secret in a sealed speech.
Qaboos, 79, has ruled the Gulf state since he assumed power in a bloodless coup in 1970 with British help, Qaboos had no children and had not publicly appointed a successor.