The Consultation / Shura Council (Majlis A′Shura) was established in 1991 and evolved from the State Consultative Council, which had been in operation for a decade from 1981 to 1991.
While members of the State Consultative Council had been appointed by Sultan Qaboos, the members of today′s Consultation Council are representatives of the Sultanate′s distracts, elected by Omani citizens in general elections where women vote and stand for office on an equal footing with men. There have been women members of the Consultation Council since 1994; Omanis were the first women in the Arab Gulf Co-operation Council (AGCC) states to enjoy this right. Two women were elected to the Council′s fifth term (2004-2007) in the October 2003 general elections.
Oman′s Consultation Council is a financially and administratively independent legal entity based in the Governorate of Muscat. Its role and functions have been reinforced over the years to keep pace with the needs of Oman′s rapidly changing society.
(last updated: 17-June-2008)
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