Oman protesters push political, wage demands

March 15, 2011 11:45


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MUSCAT - Protesters pressed for political and labour demands on Tuesday across the Gulf state of Oman, where a string of concessions from veteran ruler Sultan Qaboos bin Said have failed to bring unrest to an end.

The government said it would double monthly welfare payments and increase pension benefits, making Oman the latest Gulf state to offer handsome incentives to citizens in the wake of protests that have rocked much of the Arab world.

On Tuesday, protesters added to their demands, saying the sultan's new police chief must investigate sacked ministers for alleged corruption. Qaboos has fired 12 ministers so far.

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