Dr. Hilal Al Habsi writes to Omanspire about the Sultanate of Oman choosing to build a progressive society that takes into account maturity for the practice of democracy.

By: Ahmed Al Harthi

BSc in Software Engineering with Multimedia and Masters of Business Administration in Project Management. Ahmed works as an IT manager and content creator at Omanspire.
In the modern era, and after the Omani state witnessed political stability, since 1970, a new phase of civilized construction began after decades of political conflicts that led to the cessation of civilized growth in the country and its entry into isolation from the outside world, new features began in the formation of the modern state by building law based institutions. Popular participation was one of the most important features of the modern construction of the state, and the establishment of institutional popular participation began within an institutional and organized framework as the first direction toward democratic construction based on the concept of a state of institutions and law. Therefore, the trend was towards establishing an official institution concerned with popular participation, and the gradual granting of powers to the institution that is intended to represent the word of the people.

This is due to the Omani writer Muhammad al-Yahya’i, who attributes it to the fact that the Omani political history dictates conservatism and slowness in opening the political field to the participation of citizens. And Stability, in addition to another issue that is no less important than the above, is, in our estimation; The extent to which citizens are willing to understand and practice political participation through an official institution in a civil form, as the state is new to the institutional practice based on the language of civil dialogue since the social structure is very complex in terms of tribal influence and the control of religious thought, so any openness to popular participation directly and open to powers It inevitably leads to the domination of certain social components on political life.

While the ruling authority realizes the importance of avoiding this from happening so that the state does not fall into internal conflicts due to the control of traditional social components over the political life in the state. Therefore, the choice was towards building a civil society, and gradually opening the door to institutional popular participation according to planned stages that take into account the maturity of social awareness towards a democratic practice of Omani specificity, far from being affected by social interactions imposed by traditional social components.

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  • Ahmed Al Harthi

    BSc in Software Engineering with Multimedia and Masters of Business Administration in Project Management. Ahmed works as an IT manager and content creator at Omanspire.

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