Who is Oman's new Ruler, Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said?
Published on January 11, 2020 at 16.51
Haitham bin Tariq was appointed on Saturday as Oman's ruler after the high military council called on the ruling family council to convene and choose a successor.
After the passing of Sultan Qaboos Bin Sais Al Said on Friday evening, Omani State TV announced Sultan Haitham bin Tariq al Said would succeed him as Omanís new ruler. He was sworn in as the new Sultan after a meeting of the family council.
Al Said was serving as Omanís Minister of National Heritage and Culture, and was appointed by the late ruler in early 2013 to chair the main committee responsible for Omanís development.
Al Said often played an important diplomatic role. He represented Oman abroad and welcomed Britainís Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, for example, upon their arrival to the country for a visit in 2016.
Prior to this, he had served as the undersecretary of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the secretary-general for the ministry.
Haitham, held the position of undersecretary of the ministry of foreign affairs for political affairs before becoming the minister of heritage and culture in the mid-1990s.
He is also a sports enthusiast, and was the first head of Omanís football federation in the early 1980s.