Oman voters rebuff push by women candidates

AP News
Posted: Oct 16, 2011 5:27 AM
Oman voters rebuff push by women candidates

Oman says that only a single woman has been elected to the nation's top advisory council despite a push by female candidates that followed pro-reform unrest in the Arabian peninsula nation.

Voting for the 84-seat Shura Council was the first major test of public opinion in Oman since protests and clashes earlier this year calling for more jobs and a greater public voice in political affairs.

Official results released Sunday showed that only one woman won a seat. The 1,300 candidates in Saturday's voting included 77 women.

Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said had promised more powers for the nine-year-old council, which until now has only advised rulers. But no specific changes have been announced.

No women were on the outgoing council.