Oman names a new leader after the death of Sultan Qaboos bin Said

(CNN)Oman named a new ruler Saturday, hours after it announced the death of Sultan Qaboos bin Said, state media reported. The US Embassy in the capital of Muscat said it’s “deeply saddened” by Qaboos’ death. “We have lost one of the world’s great leaders — a visionary responsible for Oman’s prosperity and progress for the last half century,” the embassy’s tweet read. “His steadfast leadership embodied his sincerity, his generosity, his tolerance, and his deep love for his country. His Majesty Sultan Qaboos will be missed not only by the people of Oman, but also by his friends and admirers the world over, including in the United States.” The head of one of the world’s few remaining absolute monarchies, Qaboos …