Position: Minister of Finance
Incumbent: Darwish bin Ismail al-Balushi
Term: Appointed March 2011
— He is in charge of the country’s finances after a third cabinet reshuffle in March led to the dismissal of then Minister of Finance and National Economy, Ahmad bin Abdul-Nabi Mekki, and eliminated the ministry altogether.
— Some said the reshuffle was expected in response to protesters’ grievances about corruption.
— Protesters had pressed for political and labour reforms across Oman, where a series of concessions from Omani ruler Sultan Qaboos have failed to bring unrest to an end.
— He is the chairman of the executive committee of Oman Air. He also served as an interim chief executive.
— He previously served as the secretary-general of the Ministry of Finance.
— Oman is a small non-OPEC oil producer with a stock market that is too illiquid to appeal to many foreign investors.