Oman grants parliament lawmaking powers
Muscat, March 13, 2011
Oman's sultan has granted legislative powers to the sultanate's two councils following weeks of anti-government protests.
"We grant the Oman Council legislative and regulatory powers," said a royal decree carried by ONA state news agency, referring to the elected Majlis Ash-Shura consultative council and the all-appointed Council of State.
"A technical committee of specialists is to be formed to propose amendments to the state basic law to this effect," the decree said, adding the committee should present its report to the sultan within 30 days.
Last week, Sultan Qabooos sacked many ministers in a major cabinet reshuffle.