Dozens of armored vehicles and soldiers were seen dotting the streets of Muscat following the death of Omani Sultan Qaboos bin Said al-Said, with the military on “high alert” amid uncertainties about the monarch’s successor.
In addition to declaring the alert status, which appears to be little more than a precaution, Oman’s high military council also called for the royal family to meet to appoint the country’s next ruler, according to Omani state media.
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If the ruling family cannot come to an agreement within three days, a 1996 statute requires a committee of military leaders, court officials and lawmakers to enthrone a person named by the former sultan in private, stored in a sealed letter.
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