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Job-seekers gather at roundabout.

Muscat Over 1,000 job-seekers gathered at the Bait Al Barka Roundabout demanding employment as traffic on this arterial road linking Muscat with northern Oman got clogged late on Monday night and continued yesterday morning.

Through an announcement on a local Arabic FM radio station, the Royal Oman Police advised people, travelling from Muscat to Batinah region in north or vice versa, to take the new Muscat Expressway to bypass the Bait Al Barka Roundabout, which leads to the residential palace of Sultan Qaboos Bin Saeed.

Ministry move

Witnesses said that people began assembling at the roundabout late on Monday night and their numbers grew to more than 1,000 but by yesterday afternoon the number had thinned considerably.

The Ministry of Civil Service on Sunday announced that it had started the procedures to allocate jobs to 6,000 citizens in the state civil service units and state units' administrative apparatus.

As per the Royal orders of the Sultan to provide employment to 50,000 Omani job seekers, the ministry had already given 5,000 jobs at the Ministry of Education, according to Shaikh Khalid Bin Omar Bin Saeed Al Marhoon, Minister of Civil Service.

There are a number of speculations made on social media in Oman behind the reasons for protesters coming to the roundabout that leads to the residential palace of the country's leader.

Some said the young citizens had turned up after a rumour about recruitment for armed forces, while a posting on the popular Omani web forum EoAC" Sabla EoAC" said that some of the protesters gathered at the roundabout were taken in a bus by armed forces for recruitment.

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Date:Apr 13, 2011
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