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Advisory Council

 

The Advisory Council represents one of the two wings of the country's legislative power. It was established in 1972 in accordance with the provisions of the provisional amended basic statute of the State of Qatar of 1972, which stipulates that no laws can be enacted or issued without being discussed first and recommended upon by the Advisory Council.

 

The Advisory Council is considered to be the first pioneering democratic experience to prove successful and well suited to the country's political and social conditions since the country became independent in 1971. It received profound attention from the government under the leadership of H.H. Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the Emir, which resulted in the evident development of the example of the Qatari Advisory Council, the expansion of its responsibilities and the moral and practical weight of its deliberations in the political practice.


H.H. the Emir has announced the plan to draft a permanent constitution in support of the pioneering experience of popular participation in public matters. The proposed constitution is also intended to add to the role of the Advisory Council to formulate and implement the country's policies and to enhance the State's executive, legislative and judiciary authorities, with the final aim to upgrade the government performance in pushing the development process forward and providing better services for the citizens.


Organization and Membership
The present Council is formed of 35 members who are appointed by an Emiri Decision. The Emir has the right to appoint other members if he decides that would be in better service of the general good. The members are chosen for their eligibility and sound judgment and their good representation of all the regions and sectors of the population. The membership tenure in the Council is four years.


Members of the Advisory Council

  • H.E. Mr. Mohamed Bin Mubarak Al-Kholaifi... Speaker of the Advisory Council.
  • Mr. Issa Rubaia Al-Rubaia Al-Kuwari... Deputy- Speaker of the Advisory.
  • Dr. Youssif Ahmed Mohammed Youssif Obaidan Fakhroh... Supervisor
  • Mr. Mohammed Abdullah Nasser Al-Attiyah... Member.
  • Mr. Hammed Ali Maygha Al-Ahbabi... Member.
  • Mr. Abdullah Mohammed Shamsan Al-Saddah... Member.
  • Mr. Abdul Rahman Muftah Al-Muftah... Member.
  • Mr. Mohammed Ajaj Al-Kubaisi... Member.
  • Mr. Ibraheem Mohammed Rashed Al-Assiri... Member.
  • Mr. Zaben Abdul Hadi Zaben Al-Dousri... Member.
  • Mr. Meghbel Ali Khalifa Al-Hetmi... Member.
  • Mr. Hammad Rashed Boroushed Al-Meadhadi... Member.
  • Mr. Khaled Hammad Rashed Al-lebdah... Member.
  • Mr. Sultan Nasser Mohammed Khalifa Al-Suwaidi... Member.
  • Mr. Khalifa Meteab Al-Rumaihi... Member.
  • Mr. Nasser Rashed Suraeah Al-Kaabai... Member.
  • Mr. Mohammed Treheb Bin Nayfa ... Member.
  • Mr. Jabor Ali Al-Nuaimi... Member.
  • Mr. Ibraheem Mohammed Al-Mesnad Al-Muhanedi... Member.
  • Mr. Mohammed Jassem Mohammed Al-Badi... Member.
  • Mr. Mohammed Hammam Al-Abdullah... Member.
  • Mr. Youssif Rashed Youshif Rashed Al-Khater... Member.
  • Mr. Mohammed Khaled Abdul Azziz Al-Ghanem... Member.
  • Mr. Ibraheem Khalifa Al-Nasser... Member.
  • Mr. Nasser Sulaiman Hedar... Member.
  • Mr. Mohammed Abdullah Al-Youssif Al-Sulaiti... Member.
  • Mr. Khalaf Ahmad Shebeeb Al-Manae... Member.
  • Mr. Hadi Saeed Helaet Al-Khayareen... Member.
  • Mr. Abdullah Khaled Al-Manea... Member.
  • Mr. Ali Hussain Zeinal... Member.
  • Mr. Mubarak Ghanem Buthamer Al-Ali... Member.
  • Mr. Nasser Khalil Al-Jeedah... Member.
  • Mr. Saeed Butti Al-Suhouti... Member.
  • Mr. Sagher Fahad Sagher Al-Muraikhi... Member.
  • Mr. Nasser Ahmad Al-Malki... Member.

 

The Responsibilities of the Advisory Council

  • Discussing the political, administrative and economic aspects of the State's general policies.
  • Discussing the social and cultural affairs in the country.
  • Discussing the draft laws proposed by the Council of Ministers before they are submitted to H.H. the Emir for ratification.
  • Requesting information from the Council of Ministers on all public matters that fall within the jurisdiction of the Advisory Council.
  • Recommending on the above mentioned matters without interfering with the responsibilities of the Council of Ministers or the judiciary.
  • Discussing the draft budgets of major public projects.

 

The Office of the Advisory Council
The Office comprises the Speaker of the Council, the Deputy Speaker and two reporters. They are to be elected from amongst the members of the Council at the first meeting of the annual ordinary session and maintain their membership until the end of the day preceding the convening of the following ordinary session. Their membership is renewable.


The Council Committees
The Advisory Council shall form, from amongst his members during the first week of the annual ordinary session, the following five permanent committees: Legal and Legislative Affairs; Financial and Economic Affairs; Public Services and Utilities; Domestic and Foreign Affairs, and Cultural Affairs and Information. Each committee comprises at least five members and each member of the Council should join one of the standing committees. The Council may form permanent or temporary committees, as need arises. It is worth - mentioning that the reports and recommendations of the committees, since the inception of the Council, played a major and essential role in the formulation of the final decisions of the Advisory Council in regard to all issues and drafts submitted for the Council for consideration and endorsement.


Convening of Session
The Council shall hold two sessions:
Regular session: with a term of at least eight months and convenes upon the invitation of His Highness the Emir in accordance with a decree issued by His Highness the Emir determining the date of commencement of the session. His Highness the Emir shall also issue another decree determining the date of the adjournment.
Extra-ordinary session: to be convened upon the invitation of H.H. the Emir if an urgent need arises to discuss an important issue or upon a request signed by the majority of the members of the Council.


Council Sessions
The Council shall hold a regular session every Monday throughout the term of its annual regular session in the capital city. The Emir may invite the Council to hold its sessions in other venues, while holding the Council's sessions in a venue other than the place legally prescribed shall be considered illegal.
The Speaker of the Council may invite the Council to hold an extra-ordinary session if he deems that necessary or if so requested by the majority of the members, and the Council may not discuss any issues other than those, which it has been called to examine. The Council sessions are open for the public. This practice was introduced only in the time of His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the present Emir when the Council opened its doors for the press to attend sessions and freely report deliberations.


The General Secretariat
The Council's General Secretariat is the executive body of the Council, which undertakes all the administrative, technical and legal matters. It also carries out the resolutions and recommendations of the Council. The Secretariat comprises the Secretary General, the Assistant Secretary General and the staff, whose appointment is made upon the nomination of the Speaker and the approval of the Office of the Council.

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