The Sultanate of Oman is a monarchy where the chief of State and government is Sultan Qaboos bin Said al-Said who has been in power since July 1970. Legislation is in the form of royal decree issued by the Sultan. The Council of Oman is an advisory council made up of the 84-member Majlis al-Shura (Consulatitve Council) elected by universal suffrage and the Majlis al-Dawla (State Council) which is appointed by the Sultan. Political parties are not allowed.
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