Oman's sultan announced Monday a constitutional shakeup that includes the appointment of a crown prince for the first time and new rules on how parliament will work, state media said.
A new basic law issued by Sultan Haitham bin Tariq al-Said also emphasises the role of the state in guaranteeing more rights and freedoms for citizens — including equality between men and women, state news agency ONA said.
The new basic law sets out mechanisms for the appointment of a crown prince and his duties.
The report did not say who would become the new crown prince or provide other details.
It also sets the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary as the basis for governance in the sultanate.
A separate decree created a new law for the parliament — the bicameral Council of Oman.
The published text says changes to conditions of membership and the council's terms of reference have been made, but no further details were given.
The new basic law creates a committee under the sultan to evaluate the performance of ministers, and provisions to support the state's financial and administrative oversight body.
Sultan Haitham in October approved a medium-term fiscal plan to make government finances sustainable.