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Qatar sets Oct. 2 for first legislative elections

Qatar's first legislative polls for two-thirds of the advisory Shura Council will be held on Oct. 2, according to a decree issued by Qatar's emir on Sunday and published by his office.

Qataris will elect 30 members of the 45-seat body while Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani will continue to appoint the remaining 15 members. The Council will have legislative authority and approve general state policies and the budget.

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