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Two Women Reelected in First Open Vote

October 06, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Two women were reelected to an 83-member advisory council, preliminary results showed, in Oman's first elections open to all citizens rather than a hand-picked elite, the interior minister said. Early results showed Lujaina bint Mohsen Haider Zabi, a businesswoman, had 1,127 votes, while Ruhaila bint Amor Riyami, a former Education Ministry employee, got 741. Women in Oman, as in most of the Gulf, are largely segregated from men in public.

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