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Oman ruler pardons protesters in 2011 unrest

Oman's ruler has pardoned 14 protesters jailed for Arab Spring-inspired demonstrations in 2011 that called for more job opportunities and a greater public voice in the country.

MUSCAT, Oman // Oman's ruler has pardoned 14 protesters jailed for Arab Spring-inspired demonstrations in 2011 that called for more job opportunities and a greater public voice in the country.

The protests touched off a series of confrontations with authorities, including labour strikes and sit-ins.

The official Omani News Agency says Sultan Qaboos bin Said ordered the pardons to take effect today for the prisoners. Their sentences ranged from 30 months to five years.

Oman responded to the protests with some reforms such as elections for local councils that have no direct powers but will serve in an advisory role.