Muscat: The final lists of candidates for Oman’s elected Shura Council for the next election showed a large turnout of candidates aged between 30-44 years old as well as a growing awareness of electoral participation.
KUWAIT: Gulf Cooperation Council parliament and Shura council chiefs have come up with a number of joint recommendations at the end of a meeting in Kuwait yesterday. They decided that Kuwait will host a conference of the committee of parliament chiefs on GCC economic integration in 2014, while Kuwait’s National Assembly will also be responsible for organizing a trip involving the regional group to the US Congress.
The Gulf Cooperation Council yesterday unanimously declared Lebanon-based Hezbollah a terrorist organization and said it would take measures against the group’s interest in the Gulf countries.
“All GCC countries are convinced that Hezbollah is a terrorist organization,” Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Ghanim bin Fadl Al-Buainain told reporters following a meeting of GCC foreign ministers in Jeddah.
Hoping for jobs and democratic change, voters in Oman have cast ballots in their first municipal election.
The poll on Saturday is a sign of modest reform in response to protests inspired by the Arab Spring.
The small Gulf oil producer, ruled since 1970 by Sultan Qaboos, sits opposite Iran on the Strait of Hormuz, the conduit for nearly a fifth of globally traded petroleum.
Muscat: Four women, Al Shaima bint Ali bin Ibrahim bin Shonoon Al Raisi, Sana'a bint Hilal bin Salim Al Mashariyah, Fatima bint Nassir bin Said Al Sinaniyah and Mooza bint Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Hosaniyah, have made history by being elected to the first-ever 192-member Municipal Council of Oman.
Muscat: The Majlis Al Shura yesterday voted its approval of the Economic and Financial Committee's report on the State Draft Budget for the fiscal year 2013.
Earlier, discussions were held between Majlis Al Shura members and Darwish bin Ismail Al Balushi, Minister Responsible for Financial Affairs.