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Qatar elections: absolute male domination of the first elected Shura Council

Qatar elections: absolute male domination of the first elected Shura Council

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The results of the first legislative elections in the history of the State of Qatar were announced, and none of the 28 women candidates won.

The committee supervising the elections announced the names of thirty winning candidates, on Saturday evening, when voters voted to choose 30 out of a total of 45 members of the Shura Council with limited powers in Qatar.

The date of the emir’s appointment of the 15 members, nor the date of the council’s meeting, has not yet been announced.

The results increase expectations that the Emir of Qatar will use his powers to appoint 15 members of this council to strike a balance. This is the first time that Qataris elect two-thirds of the members of the council, which was previously appointed by the Emir of the country.