Elections in 2013
Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani has announced that there will be elections to the Advisory Council (their equivalent parliament) in the latter half of 2013.
The current Advisory Council was established in 1972 and comprises 35 members who are appointed by the Emir for four years. The council holds no legislative powers. The move to elections is part of wider constitutional changes which have included the establishment of a Constitutional Court and municipal elections.