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Oman’s ruler orders cabinet reshuffle

Second cabinet shakeup since the country was hit by Arab Spring

Oman’s ruler orders cabinet reshuffle
Sultan Qaboos bin Said issued a decree replacing five ministers.

Oman’s ruler has ordered a minor cabinet reshuffle, its second cabinet shakeup since the Gulf state was hit by Arab Spring protests last year.

Sultan Qaboos bin Said issued a decree replacing five ministers including the ministers of commerce and industry, justice and information, state news agency reported late Wednesday. The agency did not give a reason for the decree.

The normally peaceful Gulf state was rocked by protesters demanding better pay and working conditions amid the Arab Spring last year. Like many other GCC countries, Oman’s ruler stepped up measures to appease its population.

Qaboos promised $2.6bn in additional spending in April and announced plans to create 50,000 new jobs to defuse social tensions.

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