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Oman: Sultan Qaboos’ 45 years on throne

Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al-Said celebrated his 45th anniversary on the throne on 23 July – the day he overthrew his father in a coup in 1970 and now known as Renaissance Day in the country – but he remained out of the public eye. Since returning in April from Germany, where he underwent the latest round of medical treatment for what is thought to be cancer, he has kept a low profile, although health minister Dr Almed Al-Saidi recently insisted the sultan was in good health.

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