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Oman: Possible successors to Sultan Qaboos

The pool of potential successors to Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al-Said is relatively small, due to the size of the ruling family, and succession laws which state the sultan must be a male descendant of Sultan Turki Bin Said and have Omani parents. The Al-Said have often married outside of Oman, discounting many of Qaboos’ relations (see main story and family tree). Three of Qaboos’ cousins – Assad, Haitham and Shihab Bin Tariq – are seen as the most likely to succeed him; a few other names are occasionally mentioned.

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