Oman. According to Countryaah website, national day of Oman is every November 18. The country’s leader, Sultan Qabus ibn Said, announced on November 26 that all citizens of the country who are 21 years of age would have the right to vote. The reform concerned the right to appoint the 83 members of an advisory assembly, the Shura, which acts as a kind of parliament. Elections are held in 2003. The Council was formed as late as 1990. Its main task is to advise the Government on economic matters, but it has no influence on defense and foreign policy.
Previously, only clan leaders, academics and leading businessmen were allowed to vote, which meant that only a quarter of the country’s 1.8 million residents had the right to vote. Women’s organizations welcomed the message because they could expect more places. Women hold two seats in the current council.
Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia – forming the Gulf Cooperation Council, the GCC – held new talks in October on a single currency in the region as well as a monetary union. The GCC has turned to the European Central Bank, the ECB, for advice. A customs union enters into force between the six countries in 2003. A single currency is planned for 2010, five years after the monetary union.
Oman and the United Arab Emirates signed June 22 under a border agreement.
At least 46 construction workers were killed in April when a bus drove down a cliff in southern Oman. Police suspect the driver was driving too fast.