WATCH: Shura Council elections to take place in October 2021: HH the Amir
The elections for the Shura (Advisory) Council will be held in October next year, His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani announced yesterday.
He made the announcement while inaugurating the 49th ordinary session of the Shura Council at the Council's Headquarter.
HH the Amir confirmed that preparations for the @ShuraQatar elections in October 2021 are underway. These elections are essential in strengthening the traditions of the Shura & developing a legislative process through a wider participation of citizens.https://t.co/7q5LsbU0Zj pic.twitter.com/9EwVa08yXA— مكتب الاتصال الحكومي (@GCOQatar) November 3, 2020
His Excellency the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani in addition to Their Excellencies the Ministers were also present on the occasion.
HH the Amir confirmed that preparations for the Advisory Council elections are nearing the final stage and the elections are scheduled to take place in October 2021.
His Highness the Amir issued a vital decision today to hold the Shura Council elections in October of next year 2021 in order to encourage popular participation in decision-making process . Today is a date to remember in my country’s modern history .— عبدالرحمن الخليفي (@AMAKhulaifi) November 3, 2020
"These elections will take place, God willing, in accordance with the constitution on which a referendum was held in 2003 and was promulgated in 2004," HH the Amir said.
This will mark a significant move forward in strengthening "the traditions of the Qatari Shura and developing the legislative process through a wider participation of citizens," HH the Amir underlined.
He further said, "We have our well-established system which is rooted in and intertwined with the structure of our community. It is not a multiparty system, but rather an amirate system based on well-established traditions
of fair and rational governance which is connected with the people through the pledge of allegiance, loyal relations, mutual trust and direct communication between the system and community.
"Elections are not a criterion of national identity. This identity has crystallized over time and best manifested in the form of solidarity and cohesion of our community with its forbearing moral values and love for its country, as revealed in challenging the blockade," he stated.
In his speech yesterday HH the Amir covered some of the most important recent achievements of the State and also shined a light on Qatar's positions on regional issues.
The full speech is available here.
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