H.E. Speaker of the Shura Council Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid Al Mahmoud met on Friday with H.E. Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Portugal Augusto Santos Silva, on the sidelines of his official visit to the Republic of Portugal.
During the meeting, they reviewed bilateral relations and ways of supporting and strengthening them, in addition to discussing a number of issues of common concern. A number of members of the Shura Council and H.E. Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Republic of Portugal Saad bin Ali Al Mohannadi attended the meeting.
It is an established practice to consider the Legislative Power, in any modern political system, as a constituent and one of the three main pillars of any system of rule.
The Shura Council of the State of Qatar, is one of the two main branches of Qatar's legislative body. The laws to have an effect, they shall be presented before the Shura Council, for consideration and suggestions. The other organ, is the Cabinet, which proposes bills, prepares draft laws and refers them to the Council, for due consideration and recommendations thereafter.
The State of Qatar is one of the pioneering Arab countries, that based their Legislative Power on the Islamic “Shura”, i.e. a consultation system, which draws its principles from the sublime Islamic ‘Shariat” i.e. Islamic code of law and conduct.
Through the power entitled to it, the Shura Council practices its power by either approving, accepting or even rejecting the draft bills and other matters presented to the Shura Council. In addition, the Shura Council may propose and consider by itself issues that of public concern, including inviting ministers and the government officials to discuss such matters with them.
Source: Shura Council
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