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Oman: Tribal tensions and Duqm developments as cyclone lands

Political clampdown: The government has banned tribes from holding large meetings, amid apparent increased nervousness about the potential for political opposition. The Public Prosecution Office has vowed to take “all relevant legal measures” against those who help to organise such gatherings, or promotes them on social media. The authorities have the benefit of a strict new penal code to enforce such warnings, which came into effect in mid-January. Articles explicitly prohibit arranging or calling for public gatherings of ten or more people that cause “a breach of security or public order”.

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