Qatari emir says long-awaited first election to be held next year

Qatar will hold its first-ever elections for its consultative parliament in October 2021, the Gulf country’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said on Tuesday.The elections have been repeatedly postponed since a new constitution was ratified in 2004 introducing polls to elect 30 candidates, or two-thirds of the Shura Council’s members.The emir will appoint the remaining 15 members.”Preparations for the Shura Council elections are about to reach their culmination, and the elections will be held in October next year,” Tamim said, addressing the opening session of the 49th council term.”We are taking…

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