Qatar Preparing to Hold Elections to Shura Council: HH the Emir

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Qatar is preparing to hold elections to Shura Council, its legislative consultative body, announced HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, while speaking at the 46th ordinary session of the Council on Tuesday. 


The government is currently working on the necessary legislation to conduct the elections, which would be in place next year, said a Reuters report citing the speech.

Among the 45 members of the council, 30 positions are originally intended to fill by elections. Qatar holds elections to municipal councils and last such elections in 2015 has seen women being elected for the first time.

The current session of the Council which began today is another milestone in country's political history as women are sitting in the Council for the first time. HH the Emir last week appointed four of them, Hind Abdul Rahman al-Muftah, Hessa Sultan al-Jaber, Reem al-Mansoori and Aisha Yousef al-Mannai to the Council.