International media, quoting sources close to the Sultanate of Oman, Sultan Qaboos bin Said, revealed that he had prepared a secret will that will only open in the event of the Sultan's death.
In a related context, it has shown and the media has shown that its expectations are due to the further deterioration in the health of Sultan Qaboos, amid speculation that the will includes a specific precedent for his successor in the rule, "the mandate of the Covenant", according to the newspaper "Al-Monitor".
In that regard, she has indicated that this will, even if it determines who will succeed Sultan Qaboos in the ruling, however, it is not clear whether this is sufficient for the process of the mandate of the covenant to pass without complications.
Disclosure of Sultan Qaboos' secret will
"The presence of all powers in the hands of (Qaboos) leads to speculation about the absence of a second strong person who relies on legitimacy similar to that of the sultan," said Giorgio Cafero, director of the Institute of Gulf States Studies. This means that it is difficult for anyone to rule under the strong shadow of Sultan Qaboos.
On the other hand, he continued, saying: “Officially, Sultan Qaboos bin Said’s illness is a secret subject and is said to be ill with cancer. According to the constitution, the ruling family must agree on a successor within a maximum period of three days from the day of death.
The newspaper “Le Figaro” also mentioned that Sultan (Qaboos) put a message inside a cupboard, with his colorful palace that resembles a Japanese temple, that contains the name of his successor; and no one else knows who will be lucky who was chosen to be the next ruler of the country.
The newspaper also confirmed that Sultan "Qaboos" placed a second message in another treasury in his palace in Salalah in the Dhofar region, the birthplace of his mother, and Western diplomats in Muscat are likely to contain the two letters of the same name chosen by Sultan Qaboos to succeed him.
The newspaper pointed out that three or four names of candidates for the succession of Sultan “Qaboos” are being circulated, namely (Sultan Qaboos’s cousin, Asaad bin Tariq, who was promoted to the position of Deputy Prime Minister in charge of international affairs - and then the brother of the half-brother Haitham and Shehab - and also Cheb Timur, son of Asaad bin Tariq).
Official disclosure of Sultan Qaboos bin Said's will
On the other hand, the controversial Israeli journalist and researcher Edi Cohen claimed last Wednesday that the death of Sultan Qaboos bin Saeed coincided with the news of his illness and his return from a medical trip in Belgium.
Cohen wrote in a tweet on his Twitter account: “May God have mercy on you, Sultan of Oman, captain of the Gulf, Qaboos bin Saeed Al Saeed, to the Gardens of Al-Khald Amen,” adding, “We wish a smooth transfer of power in the Sultanate to Sultan Ahmed Al Saeed.”
This sparked widespread anger on Twitter in the Sultanate of Oman, and Omani singers launched a tag called “Sultan Qaboos okay” to respond to the news reported by “Cohen” regarding the death of Sultan Qaboos, and Sultan Qaboos returned, Friday, December 13, 2019, to Muscat after Mysterious medical trip to Belgium.
The Belgian newspaper “De Morgen” revealed, at the time, that the companions of the Sultan of Oman, Sultan Qaboos, decided to return from Belgium to their country, after reports that the Sultan had not responded to the treatment.
The will of Sultan Qaboos bin Saeed ignites the Twitter platform
The British Guardian newspaper also published a report, last Sunday, in which it said that there are "ongoing discussions in the country of the Royal Oman about a potential successor to Sultan Qaboos, who ruled the country for nearly 50 years, after his deteriorating health."
It should be noted that Sultan Qaboos came to power in 1970, when the British supported a coup against his father, Sultan Saeed bin Taimur, who was suspicious, and since Sultan Qaboos came to power in 1970, he announced the main lines of his foreign policy and stated that it was based on Hassan Neighborhood with all Arab countries, non-interference in their internal affairs, strengthening Oman's relations with them all, establishing friendly relations with other countries of the world, and standing with Arab and Islamic issues and advocating them in all fields, and he made clear that he believes in positive neutrality and fully supports him.