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H.Con.Res. 35 (ih) Congratulating the State of Qatar and its citizens for their commitment to democratic ideals and women's suffrage on the occasion of Qatar's historic elections of a central municipal council on March 8, 1999. [Introduced in House] %%Fil...
Agreed to July 1, 1999
One Hundred Sixth Congress
United States of America
AT THE FIRST SESSION
Begun and held at the City of Washington on Wednesday,
the sixth day of January, one thousand nine hundred and ninety-nine
Whereas His Highness, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, the Emir of
Qatar, issued a decree creating a central municipal council, the
first of its kind in Qatar;
Whereas on March 8, 1999, the people of the State of Qatar held direct
elections for a central municipal council;
Whereas the central municipal council has been structured to have
members from 29 election districts serving 4-year terms;
Whereas Qatari women were granted the right to participate in this
historic first municipal election, both as candidates and voters;
Whereas this election demonstrates the strength and diversity of the
State of Qatar's commitment to democratic expression;
Whereas the United States highly values democracy and women's rights;
Whereas March 8 is recognized as International Women's Day, and is an
occasion to assess the progress of the advancement of women and girls
throughout the world; and
Whereas this historic event of democratic elections and women's
suffrage in the State of Qatar should be honored: Now, therefore, be
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring),
That the Congress--
(1) commends His Highness, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani,
the Emir of Qatar, for his leadership and commitment to suffrage
and the principles of democracy;
(2) congratulates the citizens of the State of Qatar as they
celebrate the historic election for a central municipal council;
(3) reaffirms that the United States is strongly committed to
encouraging the suffrage of women, democratic ideals, and peaceful
development throughout the Middle East.
Clerk of the House of Representatives.
Secretary of the Senate.
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