Sultan Haitham Bin Tariq Bin Taimour Al-Said was sworn in on 11 January, 2020 as the new Sultan of Oman a at a joint session of the Council of Oman and the Defence Council in implementation of the provision of Article (7) of the Basic Law of the State, following the death of HM Sultan Qaboos bin Said who passed away aged 79 on 10 January.
Sultan Qaboos was the Arab world's longest-serving ruler. He became the Sultan of Oman in 1970.
According to Article (6) of the Basic Law of Oman, the royal family had three days to determine the successor and if they failed to agree, the person chosen by Sultan Qaboos in a letter addressed to the family would be chosen to rule the country.
A report by the UAE’s state-held news agency, Wam cited the Oman Defence Council who said that it had decided to implement the will of Sultan Qaboos, which was assigned by the Council of the Royal Family in appointing Sultan Haitham Bin Tariq, 65.
صاحب الجلالة السلطان #هيثم_بن_طارق بن تيمور آل سعيد - حفظه الله - يؤدي القسم سلطانا للبلاد وفقًا لنص المادة السابعة من النظام الأساسي للدولة، وذلك إثر انعقاد مجلس العائلة المالكة وتقريره تثبيت من أوصى به جلالة السلطان #قابوس_بن_سعيد - طيب الله ثراه - عرفانا وامتنانا وتقديرا له. pic.twitter.com/pVOC7JVr3i— التواصل الحكومي (@Oman_GC) January 11, 2020
The Sultanate’s Defence Council opened the will and read it out directly to the audience and declared HM Sultan Haitham bin Tariq bin Taimour al-Said as the Sultan of Oman, Wam revealed quoting a report by Oman News Agency.
According to Agence France-Presse (AFP), following his swearing ceremony, HM Haitham Bin Tariq said in his first public speech that was broadcasted live on Oman’s state television: "We will follow the path of the late sultan.”