Qatar sets October 2 for the first legislative elections | Election News


Prime Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani called on citizens to “positively participate in the first elections to be held in the history of the State of Qatar.”

The first legislative elections for two-thirds of Qatar’s Shura Council members will be held on October 2, according to a decree issued by the ruling emir on Sunday.

Qataris will elect 30 members of the 45-seat body, while Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani will continue to appoint the remaining 15 members.

The council has legislative authority and approves the general policies of the state and the budget. It will also exercise control over the executive branch, with the exception of the bodies that set defense, security, economic and investment policy.

Prime Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani called on citizens to “positively participate in the first elections to be held in the history of the State of Qatar to form the elected Shura Council,” the Qatar News Agency reported.

“The principle in these elections is the complete conviction that Qataris are equal in rights and duties, and that this principle is achieved by observing the provisions of the constitution, national traditions and stable customs, and through stable legal and constitutional tools and procedures,” Sheikh Khalid said.

Electoral inclusion

Kuwait is currently the only Gulf country that grants significant powers to the elected parliament, which can block laws and question ministers, although the final decision-making rests with the ruler as in neighboring countries.

The October elections sparked some controversy over electoral inclusion after some tribe members found themselves ineligible to vote under a law restricting voting to Qataris whose family was in Qatar prior to 1930.

The electoral law, which is based on a constitution approved in a referendum in 2003, can be reviewed by the new Shura Council.





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