On December 25th last year, Omani citizens voted in municipal elections of wilayats (governorates) for the second time ever. More of both sexes voted with 333,733 men and 289,491 women. This is 100,000 more than last election.
|As with many of its neighbours Oman is an absolute monarchy. Sultan Qaboos is the head of state and hereditary leader of Oman since 1970. He is the longest-serving current leader in the Middle East. Qaboos directly controls the foreign affairs and defence portfolio. He issues laws by decree. Oman remains deeply partriarchal and influenced by various tribes, except in a few larger cities such as Muscat. The elected municipal councils enable citizens to be involved in services the municipalities offer to the people including building and repairing roads and public schools.|