The Omani Spring: towards the break of a new dawn

From February to mid May this year, an intense wave of protests swept the sultanate of Oman, and as a result, the country has undergone changes on many levels: political, social and economic.

It is striking that in contrast to the revolutions in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya, these protests did not call for the fall of the regime, but were restricted to demands for social justice, improved living standards, political and constitutional reforms to fight corruption, guaranteed public freedoms and the division of powers. This paper examines the reasons behind the protests and the progress of the movement from February until May 14th when the Omani authorities forcefully dispersed the demonstrators outside the Shura Council.

The views represented in this paper are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Arab Reform Initiative, its staff, or its board.