Oman’s monarch, Sultan Qaboos bin Said al-Said (pictured), has passed away at the age of 79 after a lengthy battle with illness, according to Omani state media.
Qaboos has ruled the Gulf Arab state since 1970, when he led the bloodless overthrow of Sultan Said bin Taimur with backing from Britain, formerly a colonial power in Oman.
The Sultan was a diplomatic force in Iranian – US conflict over the years.
Some reports indicate that mitary tanks can be seen on the streets of Muscat as the Sultan hasn’t left any heir.
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