Qatar calls for elections for the first time in its history

Qatar, November 1, 2011

For the first time in its history, Qatar, one of the booming UAE, called for elections by order of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani.

The elections will aim to choose the board of advisors for 2013, which consists of 30 people who are voted directly, while others 15 are chosen by the Sheik. The entire group helps him make his decisions.

In a clear progress in democratic modernization Emir said that these elections are necessary to build a modern state and prepare to Qatar and its people to deal successfully with the challenges of today’s world.

Given the great revolutions in the Arab world in recent years, the Sheikh of Qatar has understood that the same can not be ignored. It has thus taken a decisive step which is of transcendent character, taking into account that there is no popular pressure.

Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani was closely watching the Omani experience with the Advisory Council and studied how to apply it in Qatar. Now he is taking the first steps.

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