Oman At the end of July, the telecommunications group
Ericsson received an order from General Telecommunications
Organizations in Oman, worth SEK 158 million. According to
Countryaah, the order
means that Ericsson will expand the mobile phone network in
the capital Muskat.
On October 16, elections were held for Oman's
consultative council (Majlis ash-shura), which has been
around since 1992. 51,000 electors, including 10% women,
selected 164 people from a list of 736 candidates. In
December, Sultan Qabus ibn Said Al Said appointed the
council's 82 members among these 164 people. The choice was
unique to the Arab Gulf states because of its relative
openness to women (of the 736 candidates, 27 were women).
However, the powers of the Council are limited. It can give
advice on economic and social issues, but does not pass laws
or comment on foreign policy issues.