Qatar's first legislative elections see 63.5% voter turnout

Oct 03 2021

DOHA, Oct 3 (Reuters) - Qataris voted on Saturday in the Gulf Arab state's first legislative elections for two-thirds of the advisory Shura Council, a process that has stirred domestic debate about electoral inclusion and citizenship.

Turnout for the election of 30 members of the 45-seat body was 63.5%, the internal ministry said in a statement early on Sunday. The ruling emir will continue to appoint the remaining 15 Council members.

Qatar sets October 2 for first legislative elections

Aug 22 2021
al Jazeera

Prime Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa Bin Abdulaziz Al Thani has called on citizens ‘to participate positively in the first elections to be held in the history of the State of Qatar’.

Qatar’s first legislative polls for two-thirds of the advisory Shura Council will be held on October 2, according to a decree issued by the ruling emir on Sunday.

Qataris will elect 30 members of the 45-seat body while Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani will continue to appoint the remaining 15 members.

Qatar Prepares for Legislative Elections After 15-Year Delay

Oct 31 2019

Simone Foxman and Abbas Al Lawati

Qatar moved a step closer to holding legislative elections Wednesday after delaying them repeatedly for over a decade. The country’s ruler, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, issued a decision establishing a committee to prepare for elections to a key legislative body, according to a tweet from state-run Qatar News Agency.

Sudan recalls ambassador to Qatar for ‘consultations’

Jun 01 2019
Sudan’s ambassador to Qatar has returned to Khartoum for consultations, the foreign ministry said on Saturday, with the envoy set to fly back to Doha soon.
The diplomat was summoned “to Khartoum for consultations and...will leave to Doha in the coming hours” to resume his work, Sudan’s ministry said.
Earlier in the day, a spokesperson for Qatar’s foreign ministry denied claims on social media the ambassador had been recalled and said it received official notification only that he was on “short leave.”

Qatar attendance at Saudi summit raises prospect of detente

May 29 2019
Saudi Arabia
The Guardian
A possible US-backed thaw in Qatari-Saudi relations has been signalled by Qatari diplomats travelling to Saudi Arabia to lay the ground for their country’s attendance at a major summit in Mecca on alleged Iranian aggression in the region.
Qatar’s attendance will be seen as the biggest rapprochement between the two countries since the Saudis launched a sweeping economic and political blockade against the gas-rich country two years ago, accusing Doha of trying to undermine Saudi Arabia, fund terrorism and promote the Muslim Brotherhood across the Middle East.

Ending the Qatar Blockade Is Crucial to U.S. Interests

May 29 2019
Bloomberg Opinion
It’s now nearly two years since a coalition of Arab countries imposed a misguided economic blockade on Qatar. The group — Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — said it was punishing the gas-rich emirate for its ties with Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood, but the embargo is widely perceived as part of a larger competition for preeminence in Arab affairs.

NA speaker calls for enhancing Pakistan-Qatar cooperation

May 23 2019
Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that Pakistan attaches immense importance to its relations with Qatar since both the countries were tied in eternal bonds of common religion, brotherhood, history and culture.
The Speaker NA stated this while talking to Ambassador of Qatar Saqr Bin Mubarak Al-Mansouri who called on him in Parliament House on Tuesday.

Qatar’s foreign ministry responds to Saudi criticisms

May 21 2019
Saudi Arabia
Qatar’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Lolwah Al-Khater, has hit back and commented by Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Adel Al-Jubeir.
Al-Khater told Al Jazeera TV channel, Monday: Al-Jubeir’s statements are paradoxes. He started talking about the need for Arab unification … and then started attacking Qatar.
She wondered, “How can these two standpoints go together? He called for unity and then attacks a brotherly Arab country!”. Al-Jubeir claimed that Qatar has been a harming the GCC since 1995.

Qatar assigns economic zones on shores under its sovereignty

May 17 2019
The Peninsula
The Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr Ahmed bin Hassan Al Hammadi, who is also Chair of the ministry’s Committee on the Law of the Sea, issued a statement on the State of Qatar’s assigning of its economic zones on its shores and the shores of islands in the Arabian Gulf under its sovereignty, which included an exclusive economic zone on its shores and the shores in the Arabian Gulf under its sovereignty.

Qatar announces Central Municipal Council Election 2019 results

Apr 18 2019
Source: and al-Jazeera

Maj. Gen. Majid Ibrahim Al Khulaifi, director of Elections Department under the Ministry of Interior and head of the Central Municipal Council (CMC) Electoral Committee announced the winners of the CMC 2019 election in a press conference held in the Media Centre of the election in officers club of the Ministry of Interior on Wednesday (April 16) evening.

Qatar to hold Shura Council elections for first time in country's history

Nov 14 2017
The New Arab
Qatar's emir has announced that the gas-rich Gulf state will hold elections for its most important consultative body, the Shura Council, for the first time in the country's history.

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani announced the move at a speech at the Shura Council's opening session on Tuesday, according to Qatar's QNA news agency.

"The government is currently preparing for Shura Council elections, including drafting legislative measures necessary to ensure that these elections are conducted perfectly well," Sheikh Tamim said.

In a first, Emir appoints 4 women to Shura Council

Nov 10 2017
Qatar Tribune

In a historic move, Qatar has appointed four women to the Advisory (Shura) Council, one of its most important consultative bodies, for the first time.
On Thursday, the Emir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani issued the Emiri Decision No. 22 of 2017, renewing the membership of some Advisory Council members and appointing 28 new members, including four women, to the council.
The four women will sit on the council, which is responsible for discussing draft laws approved by the Cabinet, general government policy and the state's draft budget.

Muslim World League supports decision to release Qatar-linked ‘terrorism’ list

Jun 09 2017
Al Arabiya English

The Muslim World League posted a statement reaffirming their support for the joint four Arab powers releasing a list of Qatar-linked designated terrorists.

The Muslim World League has said it supports a decision by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt in designating 59 Qatar-linked individuals and 12 entities with ties to terrorism.

Qatar: 'No justification' for cutting diplomatic ties

Jun 05 2017
Aljazeera news

Arab countries' decisions led by Saudi Arabia are founded on 'baseless' allegations, Qatar foreign ministry says.

Qatar said there is "no legitimate justification" for several nations cutting diplomatic ties after Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE, Bahrain, Yemen and the Maldives announced they would suspend relations with the Gulf state.

The Saudi kingdom made the announcement via its state-run Saudi Press Agency early on Monday, saying it was taking action for what it called the protection of national security.