Women to get equal representation on UAE advisory council

The 40-member Federal National Council is currently chaired by a woman, Amal Al-Qubaisi. (File/AFP)
Updated 08 December 2018
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Women to get equal representation on UAE advisory council

  • Women should make up half of its semi-elected advisory body when it is renewed next year, according to UAE's president
  • This will increase the number of women on the UAE council, which expresses opinion about public issues including bills and government budgets

DUBAI: United Arab Emirates federation president Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan has decided that women should make up half of its semi-elected advisory body when it is renewed next year, state-run WAM news agency reported on Saturday.
This will increase the number of women on the UAE council, which expresses opinion about public issues including bills and government budgets but has no role in forming or dismissing cabinets or ministers, from nine to 20 next year.
The 40-member Federal National Council is currently chaired by a woman, Amal Al-Qubaisi. Half of its members are elected for a four-year term, while the others are appointed by the rulers of the seven emirates making up the federation. The last vote for the elected part was held in 2015.


Yemeni army recaptures Wadi Al-Tamm and Al-Saif mountains in Saada

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Yemeni army recaptures Wadi Al-Tamm and Al-Saif mountains in Saada

  • Yemeni soldiers recaptured the strategic mountains of Wadi Al-Tamm and Jabal Al-Saif after clashes with the Houthis
  • Another seven militants were killed in a Yemeni army bombing

DUBAI: Yemen’s army reclaimed strategic mountain ranges in the Kitaf district in the northern Saada province from Houthi militants on Sunday night, Saudi state-news channel Al-Ekhbariya reported.

Yemeni soldiers recaptured the strategic mountains of Wadi Al-Tamm and Jabal Al-Saif after clashes with the Houthis, which left six militants dead, according to a military statement issued on Yemen’s official news agency.

Elsewhere in Saada, seven Houthis - including leaders - were killed in a Yemeni army bombing in Ash-Shami front.

“The shelling targeted a Houthi operation room, were a number of leaders were present for a meeting,” a Yemeni military source added.