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Reform at home and soft power abroad: Amir Tamim sets out Qatar’s priorities

In what has been described as a “historic” moment for Qatar, the Gulf state’s amir addressed the country’s first ever elected Shura Council on Wednesday. On 26 October, the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani...

Is Qatar’s Shura election a step towards ‘western democracy’?

Democracy is not the sole purpose of the Shura Council elections, but rather it is designed to strengthen and activate pluralism and nationwide participation writes Dr Hend Al Muftah.  Over the last 60 years, a...

Will the new elected Shura Council be kinder to migrant workers?

In theory, and despite voting being understandably limited to Qatari citizens, the Shura Council is supposed to serve the general public. But it remains to be seen if it will take the plight of...

Qatar’s Shura Council election: A view from the west

For Qatar, the test is not to see the election as a move toward western-style democracy but rather as an exercise in empowerment , writes William Law. The election of a Shura Council, after years...
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