MUSCAT (AFP) - Oman's Sultan Qaboos has replaced two ministers, days after protests erupted demanding an end to corruption and reforms in the normally placid Gulf state, official media reported on Saturday. The sultan has appointed Khaled bin Hilal bin Saud al-Busaidi as a minister of the royal court, replacing Sayed Ali bin Hmud al-Busaidi, the state ONA news agency said. He also appointed Sultan bin Mohammed al-Numani as minister in the sultan's office, replacing General Ali bin Majid al-Maamari, it added. Protests erupted over the past week in various places in Oman, mainly in the industrial city of Sohar, north of the capital Muscat, where at least one protester was killed in clashes between mostly-unemployed demonstrators and police. Protesters occupied the Earth roundabout in Sohar, and blocked the entrance to the city's port, before army tanks ended the four-day protest peacefully. Hundreds of protesters also camped on Tuesday and Wednesday outside the headquarters of the consultative council, the sultanate's equivalent of parliament, an elected body that enjoys advisory powers in limited areas. The protesters demanded an end to corruption and higher salaries. In a move aimed at addressing the grievances, Sultan Qaboos has announced the creation of 50,000 new jobs and a monthly allowance of 150 riyals ($390, 283 euros) for registered job seekers. The sultan, in power since 1970, also ordered the formation of a ministerial committee to draw up proposals to meet calls for the consultative council to be given more powers. On Wednesday, Qaboos told the 83 members of the consultative council that he intends to "introduce reforms soon," and "promised to expand the authorities" of the elected council, a council member told AFP. Qaboos also considered protesters who are demanding reforms as "children of Oman who should be treated wisely," he added. Last month, Oman raised the minimum wage for nationals working in the private sector from $364 to $520. Oman is the latest country to be hit by the wave of popular protests that has rattled several Arab states and swept from power the leaders of Tunisia and Egypt. Meanwhile, Algerian police and pro-government activists on Saturday foiled a sixth attempt by opposition protesters to march in the capital Algiers. A faction of the National Coordination for Change and Democracy (CNCD) had called the protest in three different parts of the city for 11:00 am (1000 GMT) in defiance of an official ban on demonstrating in Algiers. But several dozen demonstrators found themselves quickly surrounded by police. Counter-demonstrators carrying photos of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika chanted "Bouteflika Is Not (Hosni) Mubarak" - the Egyptian president forced out by a popular uprising on February 18 - as they chased and roughed up the anti-government protestors. The counter-demonstrators, mostly young people, then turned on Said Sadi, a member of the CNCD and the head of the small opposition Rally for Culture and Democracy (RCD), saying they would "lynch" him, according to an eyewitness, adding that Sadi fled the scene after shouting: "We will continue to march regardless of the steps the regime takes to prevent us." Saturday's foiled protest was the sixth attempt since January 22. The would-be demonstrators initially faced lightly equipped police but officers wearing helmets and carrying clubs and tear gas arrived to seal off the area and disperse the protest. Sadi told AFP by telephone that his attackers had "knifed him, but it wasn't serious." Police told AFP they had received no complaint. In the Hussein Dey district, opposite the courthouse, around 10 demonstrators arrived an hour before the planned march, among them two RCD parliamentarians and Ali Yahia Abdennour, 90 year-old honorary president of the Algerian Human Rights Defence League (LADDH), and were isolated by security agents.