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Wed 3 Dec 2008 12:28 AM

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UAE allows ministers to be company directors

Constitution change by Federal National Council legalises already existing situation.

The UAE's top ruling body amended the constitution on Tuesday retaining a ban on cabinet ministers from conducting commercial activities but dropping a restriction on them sitting on company boards, official news agency WAM reported.

UAE ministers own some of the country's biggest and most lucrative businesses and often sit on the boards of several different companies at the same time as holding office.

The amendment carried by the official WAM news agency also extended the term of the advisory Federal National Council, which is semi-elected, to four years from the current two. The changes come into effect after they are published in the official gazette.

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