Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa issued a royal order appointing 40 members of the Shura Council with Ali bin Saleh as Chairman.
The new council boasts nine women, including a Jewish member, Nancy Dinah Khedouri, and a Christian, Hala Ramzi Qurisa, who retained their seats from the previous council.
The appointment of nine women in the Shura Council, the second chamber of the parliament, brings female representation to 15 seats. This amounts to 18% of total members of the legislative authority, a first in the Kingdom’s history.
The appointment of members and the chairman of the Shura Council is the last step for launching the fifth legislative term, which begins in 2019 and ends in 2022.
The order shall take effect as from December 12, and will be published in the official gazette.
This is the Upper House of the National Assembly, the main legislative body of Bahrain. Forty seats of the consultative Council combined with forty elected seats of the Council of Representatives form the National Assembly of Bahrain.
All laws have to be passed by both chambers of the Assembly.
Source Credit: Asharq Al-Awsat