Small rally forces concessions


A small rally of about 500 protesters in the industrial city of Sohar has led to Sultan Qaboos bin Said to make changes to his government and increased grants to students.

Mohammed bin Nasser al-Khasibi was named as the new Commerce & Industry Minister
Hamoud bin Faisal al-Bousaidi is the new Civil Service Minister
Madiha bint Ahmed bin Nasser is now Education Minister.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdullah al-Harthy is the new Environment Minister
Maqboul bin Ali bin Sultan has been appointed as Transport Minister and
Mohsen bin Mohammed al-Sheikh is now Tourism Minister.

The demonstrators were calling for democracy.

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