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Omanis Elect Members of Consultative Shura Council After Unrest

October 16, 2011

Oct. 16 (Bloomberg) -- One woman was among a group of candidates elected to Oman’s Shura Council in the first election held since violent protests earlier this year, according to results published by state-run Oman News Agency.

Voters in the Persian Gulf Sultanate went to the polls yesterday to elect members in the 84-member council, which serves as an advisory board to Sultan Qaboos, Oman’s ruler for the past four decades.

Omanis in the city of Sohar, inspired by protests across the Arab World, held demonstrations in February demanding more jobs and better pay. At least one person was killed in clashes with security forces.

It is the first time that candidates for the Shura Council were allowed to publicly campaign via media and billboards. About 1,300 candidates ran in the election.

--Editors: Shaji Mathew, Claudia Maedler

To contact the reporter on this story: Vivian Salama in Abu Dhabi at vsalama@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net


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