The Head of the Council of Ministers shall preside over the Council’s sessions and has the right to entrust the chairmanship of sessions, which he does not attend, to one of the Deputy Prime Ministers. If the Prime Minister and his Deputies are absent, the Sultan will authorise whoever he sees fit to chair the sessions.Article (46)
Meetings of the Council shall be quorate with the attendance of a majority of its members. Its deliberations are secret and its decisions are issued with the approval of a majority of those present.Article (47)
The Council of Ministers shall draw up Standing Orders including its Rules of Procedure. The Council shall have a General Secretariat which will be provided with a sufficient number of staff to assist it in carrying out its work.
The Prime Minister, His Deputies and MinistersArticle (48)
If the Sultan appoints a Prime Minister, his competencies and powers shall be specified in the Decree appointing him.Article (49)
It is a prerequisite that whoever is appointed as Prime Minister, his Deputy, or a Minister :
a. Shall be originally of Omani nationality in accordance with the Law
b. Shall be aged not less than 30 years of the Gregorian calendar.Article (50)
Before assuming their powers the Prime Minister, his Deputies, and Ministers shall swear the following oath in the presence of the Sultan:
“ I swear by Almighty God that I shall be faithful to my Sultan and my Country, that I shall respect the Basic Law of the State and its implementing regulations; that I shall uphold at all times the integrity of the State and the security of its territories, and shall work to promote fully its interests and the interests of its citizens, and that I shall discharge my duties truly and honestly.”Article (51)
Deputy Prime Ministers and Ministers shall supervise the affairs of their Ministries and Organisations, and implement the general policy of the Government therein, as well as drawing up future guidelines for their Ministries and Organisations and following up their implementation.Article (52)
Members of the Council of Ministers are politically collectively responsible before the Sultan for carrying out the general policies of the State, and each is individually responsible before the Sultan for the discharge of his duties and the exercise of his powers.Article (53)
Members of the Council of Ministers shall not combine their Ministerial position with the chairmanship or membership of the Board of any joint stock company. Nor may the Government departments of which they are in charge have dealings with any company or organisation in which they have an interest, whether direct or indirect. They should be guided in all their actions by considerations of national interest and public welfare and should not exploit their official positions in any way for their own benefit or for the benefit of those with whom they have special relations.Article (54)
The emoluments of Deputy Prime Ministers and Ministers, during their term of office and after their retirement, shall be determined in accordance with the directives of the Sultan.Article (55)
The provisions of Articles 49, 50, 51, 52, 53 and 54 shall apply to all those with the rank of Minister.
Specialised CouncilsArticle (56)
The Specialised Councils shall be established, their powers defined and their members appointed in accordance with Royal Decrees.
Financial AffairsArticle (57)
The Law specifies the provisions concerning the following matters and the bodies responsible for them: