Pre-election Analysis

QATAR The First Shura Council Elections

The legal framework

On 2nd October 2021, the first-ever Qatar Shura Council elections will take place to appoint 30 members of the legislative chamber. According to article 76 of the Qatar Constitution of 2003, the Shura Council “shall assume legislative authority, approve the general policy of the government and the budget, and shall exercise control over the executive authority,” the contrary of the current council, which only has advisory capacity. Besides, article 77 establishes that the Shura Council will count on 45 members, 30 elected by Qatari citizens, and 15 appointed by the Emir. 

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