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Qatar votes in a minor way

Al Jazeera is reporting that Qataris are headed to the polls in local municipal elections.  Those elected will have minimal political power.  A quote:

A new constitution, passed in a 2003 referendum and introduced in 2005, placed legislative power in a parliamentary-like council, made up of 45 members, two thirds of whom would be elected and the rest appointed by the country’s emir. But currently, the entire council is named by the Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.

The prime minister, Sheikh Hamad bin Jasem Al Thani, said in February that Doha was moving toward legislative polls “in the near  future.”

The interesting aspect of this story is its contrast to the Arab Spring.  Qatar is an American ally, fairly liberal, and seemingly committed to gradually increasing democratic participation.  Can that work?  Or is sudden radical change necessary?  Perhaps Qatar is on the best path to democracy, but equally possible is that they will never get there.

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