Members of the Al Thani family have ruled Qatar since 1915. The current Head of State is Amir Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani.
The unicameral Advisory Council or Majlis al-Shura has 35 appointed members with consultative tasks.
In 2003 there was a move towards a 45 member council of which 30 would be elected and 15 appointed by the Emir. This was postponed in 2007 and again in 2010, 2013 and 2016 with the next likely date being 2019.
The Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2016 places Qatar at joint 31st out of 176 countries with a CPI 2016 score of 61 (where 100 is least corrupt).