Qatar Emir Sets First National Election for Next October

The Gulf emirate’s first national election will finally be held in October 2021, said Qatar’s ruler on Tuesday (Nov. 3).

The Gulf emirate’s first national election will finally be held in October 2021, said Qatar’s ruler on Tuesday (Nov. 3). 

Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the absolute ruler, will draft laws, however, he won’t be able to create his own legislation and a simple decree can overrule it.

“The Shura Council elections will be held in October of next year to strengthen the traditions of the Qatari shura, with wider participation by citizens,” said the emir in a speech to open the 49th session of the council.

The elections have been repeatedly postponed and so the emir had to directly appoint the body’s members. 

Qatar has undergone reform on issues including worker rights, representation of women and democracy since Sheikh Tamim came to power in 2013.


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