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United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates

5,473,972 2

Population (as of July 1, 2012)

Elections in our database

129,274 27.75%

Registered Voters (as of Sept. 1, 2011)

Average Turnout

Name Official Name Type
Federal National Council Majlis al-Ittihad al-Watani Assembly
President President Head of State
Prime Minister Prime Minister Head of Government

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President KHALIFA bin Zayid al-Nuhayyan *
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister MUHAMMAD BIN RASHID al-Maktum
  • Assembly: United Arab Emirates has a unicameral Federal National Council (Majlis al-Ittihad al-Watani) with 40 seats.

* The president is elected by indirect vote by and from the Federal Supreme Council (FSC), which is composed of the seven emirate rulers, to serve 5-year terms. There are no term limits for the president.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is appointed by hereditary state rulers.
  • The Prime Minister is appointed by the president.
  • In the Federal National Council (Majlis al-Ittihad al-Watani), 20 members are appointed by hereditary state rulers to serve 4-year terms and 20 members are indirectly elected by an electoral college to serve 4-year terms.***

*** 20 members are appointed by the rulers of the constituent emirates and 20 members are elected by indirect vote through local councils.

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Elections

Election For Date Votes Registered Voters Turn Out
Federal National Council 2006-12-20 - 6,689 -
Federal National Council 2011-09-24 35,877 129,274 27.75%

Voter Turnout