News
Basic Statute
Royal Speeches
Oman Council
State Council
Divisions
Plenary Meeting
Council Memory
Activities and Events
Username:
Password:
     
Home|Contact us|FAQ|Photo Gallery|Sitemap
 
Majlis Oman
Article (58)
Majlis Oman shall consist of:
1. Majlis Al Dawla.
2. Majlis Al Shura
Majlis Al Dawla
                                     Article (58)(bis)
Majlis Al Dawla shall consist of a chairman and members whose number, inclusive of the
Chairman, shall not exceed the total number of members of Majlis Al Shura, and whom
shall be appointed by Royal Decree.
                                 Article (58)(bis 1)
Members of Majlis Al Dawla shall be selected from the following categories:
 
  Former Ministers, Undersecretaries and their equivalents.
  Former ambassadors.
  Former senior judges.
  Retired senior officers.
  Those who are known for their competence and experience in the fields of
 science, arts, and culture, and professors of universities, colleges, and higher
 institutes.
· Dignitaries and businessmen.
· Persons who have performed distinguised services to the Nation.
· Whomsoever His Majesty the Sultan chooses and who does not fall under the
Preceeding categories.
                                  Article (58)(bis 2)
Without prejudice to Article 58 (bis1), whomsoever is chosen as a member of Majlis Al
Dawla shall be:
 
 
 
An Omani national.
Aged not less than forty years of the Gregorian calendar on the date of
appointment.
Never sentenced of a felony or crime involving moral turpitude or trust, even if he
is rehabilitated.
Not affiliated to a security or military authority.
Not interdicted by a judicial judgment.
Not suffering from a mental illness.

                                    Article (58)(bis 3)
The term of Majlis Al Dawla shall be four years of the Gregorian calendar commencing
from the date of its first meeting, provided that in all cases it shall not be less than the
term of Majlis Al Shura.
                                      Article (58)(bis 4)
Majlis Al Dawla shall, at its first session, elect from amongst its members, and for a
duration identical to its term, two Deputies to the Chairman. If the seat of either of them
falls vacant, the Majlis shall elect another member to replace him / her until the end of its term.
In all cases, the election shall be made by direct secret vote and the absolute majority of
the members of the Majlis.
                                Article (58)(bis 5)
The membership to Majlis Al Dawla shall expire due to one of the following reasons:
 
Expiry of the term of the Majlis.
Relief from membership.
Death or total disability.
                                    Article (58)(bis 6)
A member of Majlis Al Dawla may request to be relieved from his membership to the
Majlis through an appeal to the Chairman of the Majlis. The Chairman in turn shall raise
this appeal to His Majesty the Sultan.
In all cases, a member of Majlis Al Dawla shall be relieved if he no longer fulfils any one
of the conditions of membership upon which he was appointed, has lost confidence or
esteem, or has violated the duties of membership.
                                    Article (58)(bis 7)
It is not permissible, except for the two categories stipulated in the fifth and eighth
Clauses of Article (58)(bis 1), to combine both the membership to Majlis Al Dawla and
undertaking an employment in the public sector.
Majlis Al Shura
                                  Article (58)(bis 8)
Majlis Al Shura shall consist of elected members representing all the Wilayat of the
Sultanate.
The number of members of Majlis Al Shura shall be determined so that each Wilayat
shall be represented by one member if that Wilayat has a population not exceeding thirty
thousand on the commencement date of candidature, or two members if the Wilayat
population exceeds that limit on the same date.

                                  Article (58)(bis 9)
The election of members of Majlis Al Shura shall be conducted through a direct secret
vote in accordance with the manner specified in the Election Law.
                                  Article (58)(bis 10)
A candidate of Majlis Al Shura shall be:
 
 
 
An Omani national by origin.
Aged not less than thirty years of the Gregorian calendar on the commencement
date of candidature.
With a level of education that is not less than the General Education Diploma.
Never sentenced for a felony or crime involving moral turpitude or trust, even if he
is rehabilitated.
Enrolled in the election register.
Not affiliated to a security or military authority.
Not interdicted by a judicial judgment.
Not suffering from a mental illness.
It is permissible for whoever completes his membership term to run again as a candidate
to Majlis Al Shura.
                                     Article (58)(bis 11)
The term of Majlis Al Shura shall be four years of the Gregorian calendar commencing
from the date of its first meeting. The elections for the new Majlis shall take place during
the last ninety days prior to the end of the current term. If the elections are not held at the
end of the term of the Majlis or have been delayed for whatever reason, the Majlis shall
continue until a new Majlis is elected. The term of the Majlis shall not be extended unless
there is a necessity and pursuant to a Royal Decree provided that the extension shall not
exceed the period of one session.
                                    Article (58)(bis 12)
Majlis Al Shura shall convene upon an invitation by His Majesty the Sultan in an
extraordinary meeting, prior to the first session, for the purpose of electing its Chairman
and two Deputies to the Chairman for a duration identical to its term. The member oldest
in age shall chair this meeting. If the seat of any of them falls vacant, the Majlis shall
elect a replacement until the end of its term. In all cases, the election shall be by direct
secret vote and the absolute majority of the members of the Majlis.
                                   Article (58)(bis 13)
If the seat of any member of Majlis Al Shura falls vacant prior to the expiry of its term,
the seat shall be occupied by one of the candidates from the same Wilayat in accordance
with their sequence in the election results for the Majlis for that same term so that the
candidate with the most votes acquired shall be put forward, and that is within a period of
sixty days from the date of informing the Majlis of the vacancy of the seat. The term of
the new member shall be in continuation of the term of his predecessor. This seat shall

not be occupied if it falls vacant within the six months preceding the date of expiry of the
term of the Majlis.
                                   Article (58)(bis 14)
The supervision of the elections of Majlis Al Shura and the disposal of electoral
challenges shall be undertaken by a supreme committee that enjoys independence and
impartiality, and chaired by one of the deputy presidents of the Supreme Court. The Law
shall prescribe the manner of its formation, its competences, and its working regulations.
                                Article (58)(bis 15)
Membership to Majlis Al Shura shall expire for any one of the following reasons:
 
Expiry of the term of the Majlis.
Resignation.
Death or total disability.
Revocation of membership.
Dissolution of the Majlis.
                                     Article (58)(bis16)
The resignation from the membership of Majlis Al Shura shall be submitted in writing to
the Chairman to present it to the Majlis to decide its acceptance or rejection. The internal
regulations of the Majlis shall regulate the provisions relating to this matter.
                                    Article (58)(bis17)
Membership of a member to Majlis Al Shura shall not be revoked unless the member
loses one of the conditions on which he had been elected, violates his membership duties,
or loses confidence or honour. The membership shall be revoked by a resolution from the
Majlis by a majority of two thirds of its members.
                                     Article (58)(bis18)
It shall not be permissible to combine both the membership to the Majlis and employment
in the public sector. In case a public employee is elected to the membership of the Majlis,
his service shall be considered terminated from the date of the announcement of the
results, and in case of a challenge to his membership he shall retain his employment
without remuneration until a final decision is issued on the challenge. If the decision is
made to invalidate his membership and annul the decision of his win, he shall return to
his employment and his remuneration shall be paid to him from the date of his return to
work. If the challenge is rejected, his service shall be terminated from the date of the
announcement of the results, and he shall be granted an extraordinary pension specified
by the Law on the condition that he has accumulated, on that date, a term of service and contributing to
pension for not less than ten years of the Gregorian calendar.
                                   Article (58)(bis 19)
His Majesty the Sultan, in circumstances His Majesty determines, may dissolve Majlis Al
Shura and call for a new election within four months from the date of dissolution.

Common Provisions for Both Majlis Al Dawla and Majlis Al Shura
                                 Article (58)(bis 20)
Members of Majlis Al Dawla and Majlis Al Shura shall swear in a public meeting,
each before his respective Majlis, prior to assuming his duties in the Majlis, the
following oath:
 “I swear by Allah the Almighty to be faithful to my Sultan and my Country, to honour
the Basic Statute of the State and the applicable Laws, to preserve the safety of the State,
the fundamental constituents of the Omani Society and its inherent values, and to perform
my duties in the Majlis and its Committees faithfully and honestly.”
The Chairman of Majlis Al Dawla shall swear, prior to assuming his duties in the Majlis,
the oath specified in the previous paragraph before His Majesty the Sultan.
                                   Article (58)(bis 21)
The Chairman of Majlis Al Dawla and the Chairman of Majlis Al Shura, their deputies,
and every member of the two Majlis shall pursue in the performance of their duties the
interest of the Nation in accordance with the Laws in force. They shall not exploit their
membership in any manner for their own interest or for the interest of those related to
them or with whom they have a special relationship. The Law shall determine the acts
that they shall not undertake.
                                  Article (58)(bis 22)
A member of Majlis Al Dawla or Majlis Al Shura shall not be liable for opinions or
statements he expresses before the Majlis or its Committees on issues that fall within the
scope of the competences of the Majlis.
                                    Article (58)(bis 23)
Except in the case of flagrante delicto, no punitive action shall be taken against a member
of Majlis Al Dawla or Majlis Al Shura during the annual session except with the prior
permission from the Majlis concerned. The approval shall be issued by the Chairman of
the concerned Majlis when it is not in session.
                                 Article (58)(bis 24)
It is not permissible to combine memberships to both Majlis Al Dawla and Majlis Al
Shura.
                                   Article (58)(bis 25)
 Majlis Al Dawla and Majlis Al Shura shall each issue its respective internal regulations.
These regulations shall prescribe the procedures for performing the duties of the Majlis
and its Committees, maintenance of order, principles of discussion and voting, the
method of questioning in relation to Majlis Al Shura, and other prerogatives stipulated for
the members and the penalties that may be imposed on a member in violation of the

procedures for performing the duties in the Majlis or failure to attend the meetings of the
Majlis or its Committees without an acceptable excuse.
                 Terms of Session and Competences of Majlis Oman
                                   Article (58)(bis 26)
Majlis Oman shall have an ordinary session of not less than eight months per year, to be
convened upon a summoning from His Majesty the Sultan during the month of
November every year. It is not permissible for the session to go on recess prior to the
approval of the annual stste budget.
                                  Article (58)(bis 27)
As an exception to the provisions of Article (58) (bis 26) His Majesty the Sultan shall
summon Majlis Oman for its first meeting following the general elections of Majlis Al
Shura within a month from the date of the declaration of the results of that election.
                                Article (58)(bis 28)
His Majesty the Sultan may summon Majlis Oman, outside the regular session, to
convene in circumstances which His Majesty determines.
                                  Article (58)(bis 29)
The summoning to Majlis Oman to convene in ordinary or extraordinary sessions and its
adjournment shall be in accordance with an appropriate legal instrument.
                                 Article (58)(bis 30)
Majlis Al Dawla and Majlis Al Shura shall convene their sessions in their locations in the city
of Muscat and His Majesty the Sultan may summon either to convene at any other
location.
                                   Article (58)(bis 31)
Sessions of Majlis Al Dawla and Majlis Al Shura shall be public. Closed sessions
may be convened in circumstances that so require by the agreement between the Council
of Ministers and either of the two Majlis.
                                   Article (58)(bis 32)
The validity of a meeting of Majlis Al Dawla and Majlis Al Shura requires the presence
of the majority of the members, including the Chairman or one of his Deputies. If the
required number is not achieved, the meeting shall be postponed to the next meeting.
                                      Article (58)(bis 33)
Decisions of Majlis Al Dawla and Majlis Al Shura shall be adopted by the absolute
majority of present members except in circumstances that require a special majority.
In the case of a tie vote, the side that includes the Chairman shall prevail.

                                  Article (58)(bis 34)
If Majlis Al Shura is dissolved, Majlis Al Dawla sessions shall be suspended.
                                 Article (58)(bis 35)
Draft laws prepared by the Government shall be referred to Majlis Oman for approval or
amendment, and then they shall be directly submitted to His Majesty the Sultan to be
promulgated.
In case of any amendments by Majlis Oman on the draft law, His Majesty the Sultan may
refer it back to the Majlis for reconsideration of the amendments and then resubmission
to His Majesty the Sultan.
                                   Article (58)(bis 36)
Majlis Oman may propose draft laws and refer them to the Government for review, and
then the Government shall return the same to the Majlis. The procedures stipulated in
Article (58)(bis 35) shall be followed in approving, amending or promulgating the said
draft laws.
                                    Article (58)(bis 37)
 Draft laws shall be referred by the Council of Ministers to Majlis Al Shura, which
shall  review on the draft and approve or amendit within a maximum period of three
months from the date of referral. The same shall then be referred to Majlis Al Dawla
which shall decide on it by approval or amendment within a maximum period of forty
five days from the date of referral. If the two Majlis disagree upon the draft law, they
shall hold a joint meeting under the chairmanship of the Chairman of Majlis Al Dawla
and by his invitation, to discuss the differences between the two Majlis, and then vote on
the draft law in the same meeting. The decisions shall be adopted by on absolute majority of
the members present, and in all cases the Chairman of Majlis Al Dawla shall submit the
draft to His Majesty the Sultan along with the opinion of the two Majlis.
                                  Article (58)(bis 38)
Draft laws of an urgent nature shall be referred by the Council of Ministers to Majlis Al
Shura which shall approve or amendit within a maximum
period of one month from the date of referral and then they shall refer the same to Majlis
Al Dawla which shall make a decision for approval or amendment within a maximum
period of fifteen days from the referral date. The Chairman of Majlis Al Dawla shall
submit the same to His Majesty the Sultan along with the opinion of the two Majlis.
                                  Article (58)(bis 39)
His Majesty the Sultan may promulgate Royal Decrees that have the force of law
between the sessions of Majlis Oman and while Majlis Al Shura is dissolved and the
sessions of Majlis Al Dawla are suspended.
                                 Article (58)(bis 40)
Draft development plans and the Annual Stste Budget shall be referred by the
Council of Ministers to Majlis Al Shura for review and to make recommendations

thereon within a maximum period of one month from date of referral and then the same
shall be referred to Majlis Al Dawla for review and recommendations within a
maximum period of fifteen days from the date of referral. The Chairman of Majlis Al
Dawla shall return the same along with the recommendations of the two Majlis to the
Council of Ministers. The Council of Ministers shall inform the two Majlis of the
recommendations that were not adopted in this respect along with the reasons therefor.
                                Article (58)(bis 41)
Draft economic and social agreements that the Government intends to conclude or
accede to shall be referred to Majlis Al Shura for consideration and to present the
findings reached on the same to the Council of Ministers to take what it deems
appropriate.
                                   Article (58)(bis 42)
The State Financial and Administrative Audit Institution shall send a copy of its annual
report to Majlis Al Shura and Majlis Al Dawla.
                                    Article (58)(bis 43)
Upon a request signed by at least fifteen members of Majlis Al Shura, any of the Service
Ministers may be subject to interpellation on matters related to them exceeding their
Authority in violation of the Law. The Majlis shall discuss the same and submit its
findings in this regard to His Majesty the Sultan.
                                   Article (58)(bis 44)
 Services Ministers shall provide annual reports to Majlis Al Shura on the
implementation stages of the projects related to their Ministries. The Majlis may invite
any of them to provide a statement on some matters within the responsibilities of his
Ministry, and to discuss the same with him.