The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad, has issued a historic decision that has sparked a number of reactions on social media.
The Emir of Qatar decided to establish a higher committee to prepare for the elections of the Qatari Shura Council. Sheikh Tamim called the current Shura Council for the 48th ordinary meeting next week.
Prime Minister Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani heads the Supreme Preparatory Committee, the state news agency QNA reported.
The Emiri decision provoked a number of reactions through Twitter, some considered a historic decision, and others considered it a new page in the history of Qatar.
One of the singers wished that the people would participate without exception in the elections and in the Council, and another tweet said that the decree itself 'achievement' and needs the right rules.
These elections were approved by the Qatari constitution in 2004, under former Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, but have since been repeatedly postponed.
The plans, which were revived under the latest Emiri order, will elect 30 members to Qatar's highest government advisory body, while the emir will appoint 15 more members for a three-year term.
The Shura Council does not have effective legislative powers, and it is within its powers to express its opinion only on the legislation in question.