Friday, June 22, 2018
   
Text Size

Site Search powered by Ajax

Qatar appoints four women to Shura Council

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani appoints 28 new Shura Council member, including four women.

Hessa Sultan al-Jaber

Qatar has appointed 28 new members to one of its most important consultative bodies, including four women, a royal decree announced.

The woman will sit on the 45-strong Shura Council, which is responsible for discussing draft laws approved by the cabinet, general government policy and the state's draft budget, state media said on Thursday.

"Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani issued an emiri decree renewing the membership of some Shura Council members and appointing 28 new members to include women for the first time in the history of the ... council," Qatar News Agency reported, citing a statement.

The women appointed are Hind Abdul Rahman al-Muftah, Hessa Sultan al-Jaber, Reem al-Mansoori and Aisha Yousef al-Mannai.

The announcement comes as Qatar continues to deal with a five-month long diplomatic crisis in the Gulf, which has seen the country politically and economically blockaded by neighbouring countries - Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt.

Since the crisis began, Doha has made several notable social policy changes, including changes to its residency laws and labour laws to protect the two million-plus migrant workers in Qatar.

The four newly elected women are not the first to enter politics in Qatar; in 2015, two women were voted on to the country's only directly elected body, the 29-strong central municipal council.

Previously, Jaber became only the third woman appointed to the cabinet, when she was selected as communications minister in 2013.

Qatar announced it would hold elections to the Shura Council in 2007, but the vote was subsequently postponed. A new date for the election has yet to be announced.


blog comments powered by Disqus

Subscribe via RSS or Email:

Syrian offensive displaces thousand...

Read More

Iraq's Supreme Court endorses manua...

Read More

Mohammed Bin Salman: One year as Sa...

Read More

Yemen rebels vow to fight on after ...

Read More

Iran's Zarif: Donald Trump's behavi...

Read More

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's ...

Read More

Global_News

As White House team visits region, what hope is there for unannounced US plan pre-emptively rejected by Palestinians?

Read More

Donation

Thanks to all of our supporters for your generosity and your encouragement of an independent press!

Enter Amount:

Featured_Author

Login






Login reminder Forgot login?

Subscribe to MWC News Alert

Email Address

Subscribe in a reader Facebok page Twitter page

Week in Pictures

Ramadan begins

2018 World Cup