Middle East Economic Survey


No 49



Shaikh Khalifa Announces Limited Moves Towards Democracy

UAE President Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayid Al Nuhayyan, in a speech on 1 December to mark the 34th anniversary of the countrys independence, announced the first limited moves towards democracy. In future, half of the 40 members of the Federal National Council, which studies laws proposed by the Council of Ministers, will be elected. The remaining 20 will continue to be appointed by...