Oman holds elections for Shura council

Oct. 15, 2011, midnight

Voters in Oman went to the polls on Saturday to elect representatives for the country's consultative Shura council. One woman was elected to the 84-member body, making her the only successful female candidate out of the 77 who ran. A total of 1,100 candidates ran for the council. The Shura council acts as an advisory board to Sultan QABOOS, who has ruled Oman for the last four decades. No foreign observers were allowed to monitor the poll. The government stated that turnout was around 76 percent.

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