Polls open in Qatar’s first legislative elections

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By Lisa Barrington and Andrew Mills DOHA (Reuters) – Qataris began voting on Saturday in the Gulf Arab state’s first legislative elections for two-thirds of the advisory Shura Council in a vote that has stirred domestic debate about electoral inclusion and citizenship. Voters began trickling into polling stations, where men and women entered separate sections to elect 30 members of the 45-seat body. The ruling emir will continue to appoint the remaining 15 members of the Council. “With the chance to vote I feel this is a new chapter,” Munira, who writes children’s books and who asked to be ide…

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