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Qatar

State of Qatar

2,042,444 1

Population (as of July 1, 2013)

Elections in our database

85,000 84.31%

Registered Voters (as of Jan. 1, 2003)

Average Turnout

Name Official Name Type
Prime Minister Prime Minister Head of Government
Amir Amir Head of State
Advisory Council Majlis al-Shura Assembly

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: Amir TAMIM bin Hamad al-Thani
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister ABDALLAH bin Nasir bin Khalifa Al Thani
  • Assembly: Qatar has a unicameral Advisory Council (Majlis al-Shura) with 45 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The Amir is hereditary head of state.
  • Prime Minister is appointed by the monarch.
  • In the Advisory Council (Majlis al-Shura), 15 members are appointed by the monarch to serve 3-year terms and 30 members are elected by popular vote to serve 3-year terms.***

*** Constitution was amended in 2003 to allow for the direct election of 30 members of the Advisory Council. The first elections were scheduled for 2013, but were postponed when Emir HAMAD bin Khalifa Al Thani abdicated in June 2013.

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Elections

Election For Date Votes Registered Voters Turn Out
Referendum 2003-04-29 71,665 85,000 84.31%

Voter Turnout