Oman's ruler replaces two top ministers after protests

By REUTERS
March 5, 2011 18:42




MUSCAT - Oman's ruler Sultan Qaboos bin Said replaced two key ministers on Saturday in response to protests across the Gulf Arab nation calling for political reforms and jobs.

General Sultan bin Mohammed al-Naamani was appointed Minister of the palace office, which controls the country's security, and Khalid bin Hilal al-Busaidy becomes the new minister of the diwan of the royal court, Oman's state news agency said citing royal decrees.

The appointments replace General Ali bin Majid and Ali bin Hamoud, the statement said.

About 200 protesters gathered in the capital Muscat on Saturday at the headquarters of the Shura Council, a quasi-parliamentary advisory body, for a seventh consecutive day, while some 150 government supporters waved Omani flags from their cars.


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