Qaboos bin Said al Said of Oman has just died. He got into power by overthrowing his ultra conservative father in 1970, in a bloodless coup. This English educated Sultan was rather respected and liked. He managed to keep Oman neutral in most things, but also used its oil money to develop the country with all the good basics such as education, housing and health. Although an autocracy, it's a successful one, and the images here show the respect for a man who was in total power a long time, but who did many good things.

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