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Sharjah: Sheikh Sultan promises council elections

The Sharjah Consultative Council (SCC), one of the UAE’s few such emirate-level bodies, is to increase its seats to 42 and elect half of its members, ruler Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Bin Saqr Al-Qasimi announced on 9 June. The other 21 members will be appointed by the ruler – a strategy that may help to avoid an overwhelmingly male, conservative majority when the next elections are held, probably in Q4 2015. Sheikh Sultan consolidated the move on 10 June by issuing Law No 9/2015, which amended a number of articles of Law No 3/1999, which established the SCC.

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