“I am not weak”: Qatari women unsuccessful in first legislative elections

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By Lisa Barrington and Andrew Mills DOHA (Reuters) – Voters chose none of the 26 women who stood for election in Qatar’s first legislative elections on Saturday, disappointing candidates who had wanted to lend a voice for women and other Qataris in the Gulf monarchy’s political process. The vote was for 30 members of the 45-seat advisory Shura Council while the emir will continue to appoint the remaining 15 members of the body that can approve a limited scope of policies for the small but wealthy country, which bans political parties. “To have all men is not the vision of Qatar,” said Aisha Ha…

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