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Oman - Constitution

Adopted on: 6 Nov 1996 
Official Title: "The White Book. The Basic Law of the Sultanate of Oman"

Article 2 [Religion] 

The religion of the State is Islam and the Islamic Shariah is the basis of legislation.
Article 5 [Form of Government] 
The system of government is an hereditary Sultanate in which succession passes to a male descendant of Sayyid Turki bin Said bin Sultan. It is a condition that the male who is chosen to rule should be an adult Muslim of sound mind and a legitimate son of Omani Muslim parents.
Article 17 [Citizen Equality, No Discrimination] 
All citizens are equal before the Law, and they are equal in public rights and duties. There shall be no discrimination between them on the grounds of gender, origin, colour, language, religion, sect, domicile or social status.
Article 28 [Religion] 
The freedom to practise religious rites in accordance with recognised customs is guaranteed provided that it does not disrupt public order or conflict with accepted standards of behaviour.
Note: Further information on the constitutional background of Oman is provided by the International Constitutional Law Project at the University of Wuerzburg. 
 


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