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While analysts were puzzling over who would succeed Sultan Qaboos, Sayyid Haitham Bin tariq was quietly drawing up plans for the personnel and policies he would need if – and when – he took over from the ailing ruler. GSN understands that the recent spate of key appointments and policy announcements are the fruit of thinking that evolved while the sultan’s uncle, who died one year ago, was still alive. these moves are refashioning Oman as Haitham would like – with the prospect of a few more eye-catching announcements to come as the sultan completes the initial implementation of his plans.