Voting ends in first Qatar legislative elections

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Qataris voted on Saturday in the Gulf Arab state’s first legislative elections for two-thirds of the advisory Shura Council, a process that has stirred domestic debate about electoral inclusion and citizenship. Turnout for the election of 30 members of the 45-seat body was 63.5%, the internal ministry said in a statement early on Sunday. The ruling emir will continue to appoint the remaining 15 Council members. The Council will enjoy legislative authority and approve general state policies and the budget but has no control over executive bodies setting defence, security, economic and investmen…

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