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Consultative Assembly of Qatar

Consultative Assembly of Qatar
مجلس الشورى القطري
Ahmed bin Abdullah al-Mahmud[1]
Seats45 members
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The Consultative Assembly (Arabic: مجلس الشورى القطري‎, translit. Majlis as-Shura) is the legislative body of the Monarchy of Qatar, with 45 members. Following the first Qatari legislative election, it will have 30 elected members and 15 appointed members.[2][3]

Constitutional role

Qatar's constitution, approved in April 2003 by popular referendum, has created a legislative body to be two thirds elected by universal suffrage, and one third appointed by the Emir. According to the constitution, the legislature will have three powers: to approve (but not prepare) the national budget; to monitor the performance of ministers through no-confidence votes; and to draft, discuss, and vote on proposed legislation, which becomes law only with the vote of a two-thirds majority and the Emir's endorsement.


In 2006 it was announced that legislative elections would take place in 2007; according to a 1 April statement by then-First Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, who later became Prime Minister of Qatar. That was postponed and an advisory committee was established to study the issue. The legislative council rescheduled the elections for June 2010.[4] The election did not take place in 2010.

In November 2011, the Emir announced that the election would take place in 2013.[2][3]

In November 2017, Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani appointed four women to the 45-member council, marking the first time women have taken part in the council.[5]

However, now no elections will be held until 2019.[6]


The current Chairman of the Consultative Assembly is Ahmed bin Abdullah al-Mahmud.

e • d Composition of the Consultative Assembly of Qatar
Members Seats
Appointed members 45
Total 45

See also


  1. ^ []
  2. ^ a b "Qatar elections to be held in 2013 - Emir". BBC News. 2011-11-01. Archived from the original on 2012-01-06. Retrieved 2012-01-07.
  3. ^ a b Agarwal, Hina (2011-11-09). "Qatar to hold elections in 2013". Arabian Gazette. Archived from the original on 2012-01-06. Retrieved 2012-01-07.
  4. ^ Legislative Polls by June 2010 Archived September 17, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Gulf-Times. Nair, Arvind. December 1, 2009.
  5. ^ "Qatar appoints four women to Shura Council". Al Jazeera. 9 November 2017. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  6. ^ []