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Oman to boost pro-reform spending

Oman says it will spend about 1 billion rials ($2.6 billion) to address demands by protesters for more jobs and state aid.

The spending boost announced Sunday is a centerpiece of efforts to quell two months of sporadic demonstrations for more jobs and a greater political voice in the tightly ruled monarchy.

Oman says it will spend about 1 billion rials ($2.6 billion) to address demands by protesters for more jobs and state aid. Photo: AP. Credit: AP

Oman's ruler, Sultan Qaboos bin Said, has promised 50,000 new civil servant posts and bigger stipends for job seekers. Gulf states also have given $10 billion each to aid Oman and violence-wracked Bahrain.

Oman and Iran share control of the Gulf's strategic Strait of Hormuz, the route for 40 percent of the world's oil tanker traffic. - Sapa-AP

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