Updated from 5:48 a.m. EST
NEW YORK (
) -- The sultan of Oman has ordered that 50,000 citizens be hired after weekend protests left at least one person dead and 11 others injured,
reported, citing state-run media.
Sultan Qaboos bin Said also said jobseekers who register with the Ministry of Manpower will be paid about $390 a month until they find jobs, according to the
Oman News Agency
But protesters appeared unmoved by the sultan's orders as they gathered for a third straight day of demonstrations demanding, amonf other things, greater freedom of expression, higher salaries, and a clampdown on government corruption,
The Associated Press
reported Monday that protesters burned a supermarket and gathered in several sites in a seaside town in Oman as the unrest continued.
Oman shares control with Iran over the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Gulf -- the route for about 40% of the world's oil tanker traffic,
noted. The country also plays an important role as a mediator between Iran and the West because of its strong ties to Tehran and Washington,
Protests have been rare in Oman, a country ruled by a powerful family dynasty, but the latest demonstrations suggest a widening of protests in the Gulf with rallies planned next month in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia,
-- Written by Joseph Woelfel
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