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Controversy in Qatar over electoral law’s exclusion of tribe

Seven people have been referred to prosecutors for “publishing fake news” regarding the Al Murrah tribe’s discontent with the regulations for Qatar’s upcoming election.
Qatari man votes 2015 municipal elections

A controversy is unfolding in Qatar over one tribe’s anger at an election law. 

Qatar’s first-ever elections for its parliament, the Consultative Assembly, will take place in October following several years of delays. Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, approved the laws governing the election last week. Anyone 18-years-old and over with a grandfather born in Qatar can vote. To run, candidates will need to be of Qatari origin and have turned 30. 

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