His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai on Wednesday opened the first regular term in the Federal National Council’s (FNC) 16th legislative chapter.
“My brothers and sisters members of the FNC, we now open the first regular term of the 16th legislative chapter of the FNC hoping that Allah blesses us with his blessings”,
Shaikh Mohammad said at the opening ceremony.
“Brothers and sisters, the legislative chapter begins today as our country is stronger and more stable. The UAE is proud of its martyrs and raises the UAE flag, the symbol of victory up high. It is now important more than ever to instill the sense of patriotism and loyalty to this country amid the ongoing situations in the world”,
Shaikh Mohammad said.
After arriving at the venue earlier on Wednesday, Shaikh Mohammad briefly sat in the majlis with rulers and crown princes from other emirates including His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council member and ruler of Sharjah, before heading up to the podium to give a speech on behalf of UAE President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
FNC 16th legislative chapter: the FNC headquarters in Abu Dhabi
The FNC is one of the UAE’s five federal authorities (the Federal Supreme Council, President and vice president, the Cabinet, the Federal National Council and the Federal Judicial Authority) as established by the Constitution. Its first session was opened on December 2, 1972. The FNC’s official mandate is to provide for public debate of legislation. The FNC discusses proposals and plans of various federal ministries, entities and public institutions.
There are 40 members of the FNC, among the UAE’s seven emirates, with eight seats each for Abu Dhabi and Dubai, six seats each for Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah and four seats each for Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah.
The FNC members’ orientation program aims to ensure that all new members of the House receive the administrative and procedural information they need to assume their role as parliamentarians.
Naema Abdullah Saeed Al Sharhan, from Ras Al Khaimah, made history as she won a seat in the FNC election 2015, one among 20 victorious candidates from across the country. Keep in mind that eight women were among 20 members appointed to the new House.
Naema became the third woman to be elected to the council with 1,004 votes.
Dr Amal Abdullah Juma Karam Al Qubaisi became the first woman to be elected to the council in 2006, while Shaikha Eisa Al Arri from Umm Al Quwain was the second woman to win a seat in the House in 2011.
The UAE leadership has expressed passion regarding the women’s empowerment.
FNC 16th legislative chapter: first female FNC speaker elected
Dr Amal Al Qubaisi was elected uncontested Speaker of the Federal National Council (FNC).
Dr Al Qubaisi is serving her third term as FNC member. She was appointed the first female member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and also the new general manager of the Abu Dhabi Education Council last year. An architect by profession, she was the first woman to be elected to the House in 2006, was named the first woman deputy speaker of the House and was the first woman to chair one of its meetings in 2013.
“I am honored to congratulate, on behalf of my colleagues, the leaders of the UAE on the inauguration of the 16th Legislative Chapter of the FNC. Today we continue the journey of the FNC that includes some of the best individuals of the country, as elected by the people, hand in hand to accomplish a common goal”,
Dr Al Qubaisi said.
“I am honored to be the first woman elected to be speaker of the FNC. This is a testament of the country’s support of its people to achieve political ability. I would like to dedicate this nomination to Her Highness Shaikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairperson of the General Women’s Union, Supreme Chairperson of the Family Development Foundation and Chairwoman of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood and the women of the UAE”,