More women to be elected to Federal National Council under new ruling

UAE President issues resolution to raise women's representation in the Federal National Council to 50%
More women to be elected to Federal National Council under new ruling
By Sam Bridge
Sat 22 Jun 2019 05:57 PM

UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued a resolution to raise women’s representation in the Federal National Council (FNC) to 50 percent.

Issued in the run-up to the fourth cycle of FNC elections that are scheduled to take place in October, the resolution modifies certain provisions of the Federal Supreme Council Resolution No. (4) of 2006, state news agency WAM reported on Saturday.

The resolution comprises three main articles including one which states that women must account for no less than 50 percent of the total representatives of each emirate in FNC.

WAM said the resolution marks a significant milestone on the UAE’s political development journey and is an important part of the Political Empowerment Programme that Sheikh Khalifa announced in 2005.

During its 14th legislative term (2006-2011), women’s representation in the FNC exceeded 22 percent – the highest in Arab parliaments at the time, while a woman assumed the presidency of the parliament for the first time in the Arab world during the 16th legislative term (2015-2019).

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