The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, has appointed four women to serve as members of the Shura Council for the first time in the country’s history, Qatar’s QNA news agency reported.
The women are Hessa Al Jaber, Aisha Al Mannai, Hind Al Miftah and Reem Al Mansoori.
The royal decree included appointing 28 new members to the Council.
The Emir has also delegated Minister of Justice Hassan Al-Mohannadi to carry out the work of the Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs.
Qatar has long been one of few countries around the world with no female representation in government. According to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, only Yemen, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Micronesia do not have women in parliament.