Oman: Qaboos names cousin deputy PM

Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al-Said has named his cousin Assad Bin Tariq deputy prime minister for international relations and his special representative. Decree 10/2017 of 2 March said the decision was based on the “pursuit of the general interest”.The move has sparked coniderable interest, with some media outlets suggesting it meant the sultan had finally chosen a successor. However, this is far from clear. The appointment could be a way of sharing some of the burdens of government.

 

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