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    Oman Government - 1990

      Long-form name: Sultanate of Oman

      Type: absolute monarchy; independent, with residual UK influence

      Capital: Muscat

      Administrative divisions: none

      Independence: 1650, expulsion of the Portuguese

      Constitution: none

      Legal system: based on English common law and Islamic law; ultimate appeal to the sultan; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction

      Executive branch: sultan, Cabinet, State Consultative Assembly

      Legislative branch: none

      Judicial branch: none; traditional Islamic judges and a nascent civil court system

      National holiday: National Day, 18 November

      Leaders: Chief of State and Head of Government--Sultan and Prime Minister QABOOS bin Said Al Said (since 23 July 1970)

      Political parties: none

      Suffrage: none

      Elections: none

      Other political or pressure groups: outlawed Popular Front for the Liberation of Oman (PFLO), based in South Yemen; small, clandestine Shia fundamentalist groups are active

      Member of: Arab League, FAO, G-77, GCC, IBRD, ICAO, IDA, IDB--Islamic Development Bank, IFAD, IFC, IMF, IMO, INTELSAT, INTERPOL, ITU, NAM, OIC, UN, UNESCO, UPU, WFTU, WHO, WMO

      Diplomatic representation: Ambassador Awadh Bader AL-SHANFARI; Chancery at 2342 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC 20008; telephone (202) 387-1980 through 1982; US--Ambassador Richard BOEHM; Embassy at address NA, Muscat (mailing address is P. O. Box 966, Muscat); telephone 738-231 or 738-006

      Flag: three horizontal bands of white (top, double width), red, and green (double width) with a broad, vertical, red band on the hoist side; the national emblem (a khanjar dagger in its sheath superimposed on two crossed swords in scabbards) in white is centered at the top of the vertical band

      NOTE: The information regarding Oman on this page is re-published from the 1990 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Oman Government 1990 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Oman Government 1990 should be addressed to the CIA.

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