One member of the Ennahda party has died and several others have been injured after a fire erupted at the party's headquarters.
The vote was for 30 members of the 45-strong Shura Council, a body with limited powers that was previously appointed by the emir as an advisory chamber.
The voters will elect 30 members of the advisory Shura Council, remaining 15 members will be appointed by the Gulf state’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani.
Across the oil-rich Gulf, except for Saudi Arabia and Qatar, other states have legislative bodies, which are elected by popular vote. Now Doha also wants to have its own Shura Council elected mostly by people.
Voters will elect 30 members of the 45-seat Shura Council on Saturday, while the ruling emir will appoint the remaining 15 members.
The Shura Council will have legislative authority and approve general state policies and the budget as well as exercise control over most branches under the executive.
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The Saudi-led blockade can lead Qatar to pursue ambitions it had previously suppressed under pressure from Riyadh. Holding elections for its Shura Council might be the first indication of these ambitions.
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