Oman voters rebuff push by women candidates
Muscat: 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 on 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.