Sultan's absence raises worries over Oman succession

December 15, 2014 1:07 PM

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Sultan's absence raises worries over Oman succession

DUBAI (Reuters) - Looking frail, Oman's Sultan Qaboos appeared on television last month to reassure his people about his health. But after a long absence abroad for medical treatment, many Omanis are worried that their childless leader has no publicly designated heir.

In a turbulent Middle East, Oman remains an island of stability along with Gulf Arab neighbors, and many Omanis believe the succession process could be handled smoothly when the sultan finally departs.

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