Emirati academic Dr. Abdul Khaliq Abdullah, advisor to Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, commented on the Qatari Shura Council elections, which ended the day before yesterday, and the results and names of the winners were announced.
While Abdul-Khaleq Abdullah considered the Qatari Shura elections a positive and joyful step, especially that participation reached 65%, he criticized and said that the Qatari Council is purely patriarchal, as is the case of the Kuwaiti National Assembly.
Qatar’s elections are a positive and joyful step, especially since participation reached 65%, but the Qatari Parliament is purely male, as is the case with the Kuwaiti National Assembly, and the Emir’s decision to appoint 15 members may contribute to what was spoiled by the popular vote. Democracy will remain incomplete without the presence of women, and there is nothing wrong with a quota system in a conservative society to fix the distortion pic.twitter.com/0IChDKftuy
– Abdulkhaleq Abdulla (@Abdulkhaleq_UAE) October 3, 2021
Adviser to Ibn Zayed Abdul Khaliq Abdullah
And Ibn Zayed’s advisor continued in his tweet, which was monitored by (Watan): “The Emir’s decision to appoint 15 members may contribute to what was spoiled by the popular vote.”
He concluded his tweet by saying: “Democracy will remain incomplete without a women’s presence, and there is nothing wrong with a quota system in a conservative society to fix the distortion.”
Qatari Shura Council elections
The committee supervising the Shura Council elections in Qatar had officially announced the results of the first entitlement for the Prime Time Zone to choose their representatives in the Shura Council for the first time in the country’s history.
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The committee supervising the Shura Council elections in Qatar revealed that the participation rate reached 63.5%, and the official results of the first legislative elections in the country were followed.
Criticisms of the Emirati academic Abdul Khaliq Abdullah
The Emirati academic’s tweet sparked controversy among his followers, to which one of the activists responded, denouncing: “This is the choice of the Prime Time Zone, meaning the Prime Time Zone do not understand what they know who is nominated. Respect democracy and freedom of choice, whatever the outcome.” And then they held elections and talked about the Qatar elections.”
This is the Prime Time Zone’s choice
I mean, the Prime Time Zone do not understand without knowing who to nominate
Respect democracy and freedom of choice, whatever the outcome.
And then Sawa elections and talked about the elections in Qatar.
— Muhammad Al-Hamam (@malhomam) October 3, 2021
And without another activist: “It is strange and strange that, like you, neither parliament nor councils talks about democracy.. When they demanded a margin of freedom in local councils, they are trying to overthrow the system and have been fictitiously tried.”
It is strange and strange that, like you, neither parliament nor councils talks about democracy.
— reakjabber (@reakjabber) October 3, 2021
Qatari activist Abdullah Al-Mulla mocked him: “The last person to speak and look at democracy.”
The last person to speak and look at democracy
— Abdullah Al Mulla, my only account (@q6ralmulla) October 3, 2021
The results of the Qatari Shura Council elections
Major General Majid Ibrahim Al-Khulaifi, head of the committee supervising the elections, announced in a press conference held late on Saturday evening, the names of the 30 winners, not including any of the 28 female candidates.
Major General Majid Ibrahim Al-Khulaifi, Chairman of the Supervisory Committee for the Shura Council elections |
— Qatar TV (@QatarTelevision) October 2, 2021
Later, the Ministry of Interior published a statement regarding the general result of the Shura Council elections – the first session 2021, and congratulated the candidates who won membership in the Shura Council, and wished them success and payment.
Al Murra tribe
It was remarkable in the elections of the Qatari Shura Council, the large presence of members of the “Al-Murra” tribe inside the electoral committees to cast their votes, while activists considered it to be blocking the way for the stalkers and the slanderers, who took advantage of the previous crisis of the tribe.
Circulating pictures revealed the wide influx of members of the Qatari Al-Murra tribe to the electoral district No. 16, before opening the polls to cast their votes.
It is noteworthy that Saudi and Emirati parties had tried to exploit the appearance of protest scenes by some members of the “Al-Murra” tribe, last August, for their rejection of some provisions of the new Shura Council elections law, which are related to candidacy and election terms, to demonize Qatar and spread chaos among the citizens there.
With these scenes of the widespread participation of the tribe’s members in this election, “Al-Murra” has blocked the way for the slanderers and stalkers, according to the description of activists.
At the time, the article regarding who had the right to run for candidacy and membership sparked an internal debate, especially for those who did not meet the conditions. Some activists reminded of the two citizenship laws, which were issued in 1961 and 2005. Amid these objections, the Ministry of Interior arrested Prime Time Zone accusing them of publishing “false information.”
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