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Oman’s new sultan rejigs national anthem

Muscat: Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tariq issued a decree removing the name of his predecessor from the national anthem on Thursday, a day after official mourning for Sultan Qaboos ended.
“Sultan Haitham issued a decree amending Annex 3 of the law pertaining to the state flag, emblem and national anthem,” the official Oman News Agency reported.
The lyrics referring to Sultan Qaboos, “Qaboos has come with the blessing of heaven, be cheerful and commend him to the protection of our prayers” will be replaced with “raise to the sky and fill the universe with light, be happy and prosper”. (AFP)