Oman. Two women were secured their place in the advisory
congregation Majlis ash-shura in the election to the
congregation on September 14. It was the same number of
women who took part in the congregation after the 1997
elections. According to
COUNTRYAAH, only 25% of the country's adult population had
the right to vote, but it was still more than three times as
many as in the last election. The proportion of women among
those entitled to vote had also tripled, from 10 to 30%.
Another step towards increased democracy was the fact that
the election results this time were crucial. Earlier, the
Sultan appointed members of the congregation among a large
number of candidates who did well in the election. The
Council has no right to enact laws, but can ask ministers on
economic and political issues.