Articles of the Constitution of
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Source ::: The Peninsula
Dr Abdullah bin Saleh Al Kholiefy, Chairman of the Constitution Drafting
The following is the unofficial translation of the Draft Constitution of
Qatar, which which was adopted by referendum on April 29.
Qatar is an independent Arab state. Islam is the State’s religion
and the Islamic Shariah is the main source of its legislations. It has a
democratic political system. It’s official language is Arabic. People of
Qatar are part of the Arab nation (ummah).
Doha is the capital of the State. As per law, the capital status may be
granted to another place. The State practises its sovereignty on its territory
and shall not give up its sovereignty or any part of its territory.
The law stipulates the design of flag of the State, its slogan, its
merit sashes, ensignias and the wording of the national anthem.
The law stipulates the financial and banking system of the State and
defines its official currency.
The State shall preserve its independence, sovereignty, security,
safety, stability and integrity of its territory and shall defend it against
The State shall respect international pacts and execute all
international agreements, pacts and treaties to which it is a party.
The foreign policy of the State shall be based on consolidating
international peace and security by encouraging the settlement of international
disputes peacefully and supporting the right of self- determination of people;
and not interfere in the internal affairs of countries; and cooperate with
The Rule of the State shall be hereditary within the Al Thani family and
by the male successors of Hamad bin Khalifa bin Hamad bin Abdullah bin Jassim.
The inheritance of the Rule shall go to the son to be named by the Emir as Heir
Apparent. If there is no male offspring, the Rule shall be transferred to the
one from the family whom the Emir names as Heir Apparent and, in this case, the
Rule would then be inherited by his male successors. A special law shall
organise all provisions related to the ruling of the State and its inheritance,
to be issued within one year of the date of this Constitution coming into
force, and should have a Constitutional validity.
The Emir shall appoint the Heir Apparent with an Emiri Order after
consulting the ruling family and other notables in the country. The Heir
Apparent shall be a Muslim and from a Qatari Muslim mother.
The Heir Apparent, when appointed, shall take the following oath before
the Emir: “I swear by Almighty Allah to respect the Islamic Shariah, the
Constitution and the law, and to protect the independence of the country, and
preserve the sanctity of its territory, and protect the people’s freedom
and interests, and shall be loyal to the Emir and the nation.
The Heir Apparent shall directly handle the Emir’s authority and
power on his behalf during his absence from the country, or if there is any
temporary obstacle preventing the Emir from doing his duties.
The Emir may assign some of his powers and authority to the Heir
Apparent with an Emiri Order. The Heir Apparent shall chair those sessions of
the Cabinet which he may attend.
With consideration to the two previous Articles, if the Heir Apparent is
unable to deputise for the Emir, the Emir may appoint a deputy from the ruling
family with an Emiri order, to carry out some of his duties and functions. If
the one who is appointed by the Emir occupies a post or has a job with any
organisation, he should cease this employment during the period of deputation
on behalf of the Emir. The Deputy Emir, immediately after being appointed by
the Emir, shall take before the Emir the same oath as taken by the Heir
A council, to be named the “Ruling Family Council” shall be
established by an Emiri Decision, its members shall be appointed by the Emir
from within the ruling family.
The Ruling Family Council shall decide on the vacancy of the Emir post
in case of his death or a disability preventing him from doing his duties. The
Cabinet and the Advisory Council shall announce after a joint in-camera session
the vacancy of the post, and the Heir Apparent shall be declared as Emir of
State of Qatar.
If the age of the Heir Apparent, when declared the Emir of the State, is
less than 18 years in accordance with Gregorian calendar, a Council of
Guardians, to be selected from the ruling family, shall manage the ruling of
the country. The Council of Guardians should be formed with the Chairman and
members numbering not less than three and not more than five. The chairman and
the majority of members shall be from the ruling family.
The financial remuneration of the Emir, as well as the gifts and
assistance shall be defined as per a decision to be taken by the Emir
The basic components of the society
The Qatari society shall be based on justice, kindness, freedom,
equality and morals.
The State shall preserve the principles of the society and maintain
security, stability and equal opportunities to the citizens.
The State shall work on consolidating the spirit of national unity,
cooperation and fraternity among all citizens.
The family shall be the foundation of the society. Its pillars shall be
religion, morals and love for the nation. The law shall organise means of
protecting the family, supporting its principles, bolstering its ties,
preserving ideals of matrimony, childhood and the elderly.
The State shall extend care to the young generation and protect them
from influences of corruption, from exploitation, from physical, mental and
spiritual negligence, and provide adequate circumstances for developing its
creativity in different fields with improved education.
The State shall care for the public health and provide means of
prevention from diseases and epidemics, and medical treatment according to the
The State shall promote science, arts, national cultural heritage, and
preserve them, and encourage scientific research.
Education shall be a significant foundation for the progress of the
society. The State shall promote education.
Private ownership of property, capital and business are fundamental to
the social ethos of the State. They are personal rights having a social
function and shall be organised by the law.
Private ownership of property shall be protected. No one shall be
deprived from such ownership, unless because of public interest in
circumstances stipulated by the law, in a way that the law stipulates, provided
it is with a fair compensation.
The State shall assure the freedom of economic activity on the basis of
social justice and balanced cooperation between the public and private sectors
to achieve social and economic development, and to increase production, achieve
welfare of the people, and improve their standard of living, and provide work
opportunity to them according to the provisions of the law.
Natural wealth and resources are the property of the State. It shall
preserve these and maintain an optimal utilisation from them in accordance with
the provisions of the law.
The relationship between employees and employers shall be based on
social justice and shall be organised by the law.
The State shall promote investment and shall work on providing all
necessary facilities and guarantees for it.
The law shall organise the State loans.
The State shall work to protect the environment and ecological balance
so as to achieve sustainable development for the generations to come.
The General Rights and Duties
All citizens are equal in general rights and duties.
All people are equal before the law. There shall be no discrimination on
account of sex, origin, language, or religion.
Personal freedom is assured. No one shall be arrested or jailed or
checked or confined or have his or her movements restricted, unless according
to the provisions of the law. No one shall be subjected to torture or
humiliating treatment. Torture is considered a crime and shall be punished by
Privacy of individuals shall be respected. No one shall be subjected to
interference in his or her privacy or family affairs or residence or
correspondence or any interference affecting his or her honour or reputation,
unless according to the provisions of the law and in a way to be stipulated by
No citizen shall be deported from the country or forbidden from
returning to it.
The accused shall be deemed innocent unless proved guilty by the
judicial process in a court, and shall be provided all necessary legal
assistance to practise the right of defence.
No crime and no punishment unless stipulated by the law. No punishment
except on the consequences of an act after it is committed. Punishment is
personal. The provisions of the laws shall not be valid unless after the date
of their coming into effect. No consequences of the law on acts committed
before their coming into force. However, it is permissible to be stated
otherwise in non-criminal articles and by a two-thirds majority of the Advisory
Provisions for Qatari citizenship shall be stipulated by the law. These
provisions shall have constitutional validity.
The State shall assure the right of election and nomination for all
citizens according to the law.
Taxation shall be based on principles of social justice. Taxes shall not
be levied unless stipulated by the law.
The right of assembly is assured to the citizens as per the provisions
of the law.
The freedom to establish societies is assured according to the
conditions and circumstances to be laid down by the law.
Any individual has the right to address the general authorities.
The freedom of expression and scientific research is assured according
to the conditions and circumstances to be stipulated by the law.
Press freedom, printing and publishing is assured in accordance with the
Education is the right of every citizen. The State shall extend efforts
to achieve free and compulsory general education according to the applicable
laws and rules in the State.
The freedom to worship is assured to all, in accordance with the law and
the requirements of protecting the public system and public behaviour.
The right of inheritance is secure and governed by the Islamic
Any person residing legally in the State shall enjoy protection for his
person and his money and possessions, according to the provision of the
Defending the country is the duty of all citizens.
Holding public posts is a national service. The public employee shall
uphold the public interests alone while doing his duty.
Public funds are sacred. Their protection is the duty of all, according
to the law.
Confiscation of an individual’s funds is strictly forbidden. There
shall not be a punishment of confiscation of personal money unless backed by a
judicial verdict and in circumstances stipulated by law.
Respect for the Constitution, abiding by the laws issued by the public
authorities, abiding by public order and public behaviour, following the
national traditions and norms is the duty of all residing in the State of
Handing over political asylum-seekers is strictly forbidden. The law
shall stipulate the conditions of granting political asylum.
Organisation of Authorities
Part I - General Provisions:
People are the source of authority and shall practice it according to
the provisions of this Constitution.
The system of governance shall be based on the separation of authority
with cooperation in accordance with the way stipulated by this
The legislative authority shall be handled by the Advisory Council as
stipulated in this Constitution.
The executive authority shall be handled by the Emir to be assisted by
the Cabinet as stipulated in this Constitution
The judicial authority shall be handled by the courts of law as
stipulated in this Constitution. All verdicts shall be issued under the name of
Part II - The Emir
The Emir is the Head of the State. His person is secure and should be
The Emir is the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, has the right to
supervise them, to be assisted by the Defence Council under his direct
supervision. The formation of the Defence Council and the definition of its
authority shall be as per an Emiri Decision.
The Emir shall represent the State within the country and in all
The Emir shall have the following powers:
1. Formulating the general policy of the State with the assistance of
2. Endorsing and issuing laws. No law shall be issued unless endorsed by
3. Convening meetings of the Council of Ministers, whenever public
interest so requires. He shall chair all sessions he attends.
4. Appointing civil and military personnel and terminating their
services according to the law.
5. Accepting the credentials of diplomatic and consular missions
6. Pardoning convicts or reducing punishments in accordance with the
7. Bestowing civil and military honours in accordance with the law
8. Establishing and organising ministries and other government agencies
and defining their authorities
9. Establishing and organising agencies to give him opinions and
consultation to guide the policies of the State, to supervise these agencies
and to define their authority.
10. Any other powers in accordance with this Constitution and the
The Emir shall sign conventions and agreements by issuing a Decree and
putting them before the Advisory Council along with relevant descriptions. The
conventions or the agreements shall have the power of law after being endorsed
and published in the official gazette. While the treaties and other such pacts
related to the territories of the State or the rights of sovereignty or general
or special rights of the citizens or those that include amendments of the law,
shall not be valid unless being issued by a law. In any case, treaties shall
not include secret conditions contrary to those made public.
The Emir may announce through a Decree a national emergency in the State
under exceptional circumstances stipulated by the law. He has the right to take
all the necessary urgent measures to confront any danger threatening the safety
of the State or its territorial integrity or security and interests of its
people or impeding the institutions of the State from performing their duties.
The Decree shall include the nature of such exceptional circumstances for which
the state of emergency has been declared and describe the measures being taken
to confront the emergency. The Advisory Council shall be notified within 15
days following the issuance of the Decree. In case of the absence of the
council for any reason, it should be notified about the Decree in its first
meeting. The declaration of the emergency provisions shall have a limited
period of validity and shall not be extendable unless approved by the Advisory
The Emir has the right in the exceptional circumstances that require
urgent measures and issuance of laws and if the Advisory Council is not in
session, to issue relevant Decrees having the power of law. These Decree-Laws
shall be put before the Advisory Council in its first meeting. The council has
the right, within 40 days and by two-thirds majority, to reject any of these or
ask for amendments for a specific period of time. The effect of these
Decree-Laws shall be cancelled from the date of the council’s rejection or
after the expiry of the period specified for their amendment.
A war of defence shall be declared as per an Emiri Order. Offence is
The Emir shall appoint the Prime Minister and accept his resignation and
relieve him from his post with an Emiri Order. The acceptance of the
resignation or the dismissal of the Prime Minister will amount to dissolution
of the entire Council of Ministers. In case of acceptance of the resignation or
dismissal from the post the ministries shall continue to perform urgent
functions until fresh appointments are made.
The Emir shall appoint ministers according to an Emiri Order, as per
nominations made by the Prime Minister, and accept their resignation or dismiss
them with the same tool. In case of acceptance of the resignation of the
minister, the Emir may ask him to perform urgent functions until the
appointment of his successor.
The Emir, before practising his power in a special session for the
Advisory Council, shall take the following oath: “I swear by the Almighty
Allah to respect the Islamic Shariah, the Constitution, and the Law, and to
protect the independence of the State and maintain its territorial security and
to protect its people’s freedom and interests.”
The Emir may ask for a citizen’s referendum on crucial issues
related to national interests. The referendum issue shall be accepted if
approved the majority of voters. The result of the referendum shall be valid
and binding from the date of its announcement and shall be published in the
The Legislative Authority
The Advisory Council shall handle the legislative authority, approve the
general State budget and monitor the executive authority, in a manner
stipulated by this Constitution.
The Advisory Council shall consist of 45 members. Thirty of them shall
be elected directly by secret ballot, while the remaining 15 shall be appointed
by the Emir from among ministers or others. The membership of the appointed
members shall be terminated with their resignation or dismissal.
The election system should be laid out by a law, defining the terms and
conditions of nomination and election.
The electoral districts, that the State will be divided into, shall be
defined by an Emiri Decree.
The conditions for eligibility to the Advisory Council membership
1. Should be of Qatari origin.
2. Age on the closing date of nomination should not be less than 30
years according to Gregorian calendar.
3. Should be fluent in reading and writing Arabic language.
4. Should not have been convicted of a crime related to dishonesty or
violating honour, unless otherwise rehabilitated later, in accordance with the
5. Should satisfy all conditions stipulated in the election laws.
The Advisory Council shall have a four-year tenure from the date of its
first meeting. The election of the new council shall be conducted ninety days
before the end of the tenure of the previous one. Members may be re-elected. If
the elections cannot be held or are delayed, for any reason, at the end of the
previous council’s tenure it will continue to be in office until the
election. The term shall not be extended unless when necessary and shall be
done by a Decree.
The law shall define the concerned judicial authority for deciding the
legality of the election of the members of the Advisory Council.
If a post of an elected member falls vacant at least six months before
the end of its term, for any reason, a successor should be elected from the
date of the vacancy being created. If a post of an appointed member falls
vacant, a replacement shall be appointed. In both cases, the new member shall
complete the term of his predecessor.
The Advisory Council will work for at least eight months in a year. The
sessions shall not be adjourned before the approval of the State Budget.
The Advisory Council shall hold its annual ordinary session according to
an invitation from the Emir, during the month of October every year.
With the exception of the previous two Articles, the Emir may call the
Advisory Council to the first meeting following the election within one month
of the election. In case of a delay in holding this session, the period of the
delay in this annual session, as stipulated in the previous Article, shall be
The Emir or his deputy shall open the annual session of the council and
shall deliver a comprehensive speech tackling all the issues faced by a
The Emir shall call the Advisory Council to an extraordinary meeting, if
necessary, or as per a request of the majority of the council. In the
extraordinary session, the council has no right to discuss matters except those
for which the session was called.
Invitation for the Advisory Council meeting in its ordinary or
extraordinary sessions and its adjournment shall be as per a Decree.
The Emir has the right to put off an Advisory Council meeting by a
Decree for a period not exceeding one month. This postponement shall not be
repeated in one session unless with the approval of the council. The period of
postponement shall not be calculated as part of the period of the session.
The council shall hold its meetings at its location in Doha. The Emir
has the right to call the meeting at any other place.
Members of the Advisory Council shall take the following oath before
assuming their duties in an open session: “I swear by Almight Allah to be
loyal to the country and the Emir; to respect the Islamic Shariah, the
Constitution and the Law; to uphold the people’s interests and to perform
my task honestly and faithfully.”
The council in its first meeting shall elect a chairman and a deputy
chairman from amongst its members for the entire term. If any one of these
posts falls vacant, the council shall elect a replacement until the end of its
term. Elections shall be conducted through secret ballot. If a majority in
favour of a candidate is not achieved, there would be repolling for the members
whose tallies are tied. If the tie cannot be broken by polling, a winner shall
be decided by drawing lots. The session shall be chaired by the oldest member,
until the chairman is elected.
The council shall form the required committees of members within two
weeks of its first annual session. These committees may work when the council
is not in session and present the result of their activities at the
The council shall have a board consisting of the chairman, his deputy,
heads of committees and the general secretariat assisting the council in
performing its duties.
Maintaing order in the council is the duty of the chairman.
The council shall establish its internal regulations and systems for its
functioning, for the functioning of committees, organising sessions, rules of
discussions, voting, and other powers and duties as stipulated by this
Constitution. The regulation should define penalties to be given to members
violating them or being absent from the council’s or committees’
meetings without any justifiable reason. These regulations should be issued
through a law.
Sessions of the Advisory Council shall be public. They may be held in-
camera as per a request of a third of its members or by a request from the
For a session to be valid, it should be attended by a majority of the
members, including the chairman or the deputy chairman. The session shall be
postponed to the next date in the lack of a quorum.
Decisions of the council should be issued by a vast majority of the
members in attendance, in cases not requiring a special majority. In case of a
tie, the chairman shall have a casting vote.
Membership of the council shall expire for any one of the following
1. Death or disability
2. Expiry of the term
5. Dissolution of the council
Resignation from the membership of the council shall be in writing to
the chairman. The chairman shall put the resignation before the council for a
decision. The internal regulation shall organise the related provisions.
Membership of any of the council member shall not be revoked unless he
is untrustworthy or any one of the eligibility conditions is violated, or is
case of negligence of duties as a member. A decision on dropping a member shall
be taken by a two-thirds majority of the council.
The Emir has the right to dissolve the Advisory Council with a Decree,
explaining the reasons for the dissolution. It is not permissible for the
council to be dissolved for the same reason twice. If the council is dissolved,
election for a new body shall be conducted not later than six months from the
date of the dissolution. Until the new council takes over, the Emir shall
handle the legislative powers with the assistance of the Cabinet.
1. Every member of the Advisory Council has the right of proposing laws.
Every proposal shall be referred to the concerned committee in the council for
further study and placing it before the council. If the council accepts the
proposal, it shall be referred to the government after putting in the form of a
draft law along with the council’s opinions. After consideration by the
government it shall be returned to the council in the same or the next
2. A proposed law rejected by the council shall not be submitted again
in the same session.
1. Every draft of law approved by the Advisory Council shall be
submitted to the Emir for endorsement.
2. If the Emir does not approve the draft, he shall return it to the
council within three months from the date of submission, along with reasons for
such an action.
3. If the draft of law is returned to the council within the stipulated
period and the council approves it once again with a two-thirds majority, the
Emir shall approve it and issue the law. The Emir has the right, when
absolutely necessary, to issue orders to stop the implementation of such a law
for a period for which he believes it may achieve the greater interests of the
country. However, if the draft does not get a two-third vote of the council, it
shall not be reviewed during the same session.
The general State Budget proposals should be referred to the Advisory
Council at least two months before the beginning of the fiscal year. The budget
shall not be valid unless approved by the council. The council has the right to
amend the State Budget proposals after the approval of the government. If the
new budget is not approved before the beginning of the fiscal year, the
previous budget provisions shall continue until the approval of the new one.
The law shall stipulate the manner in which the budget is prepared as well as
the fiscal year.
The Advisory Council has the right of expressing opinions to the
government in general matters, and if the government is not able to accept
these opinions it should explain the reasons to the council. The council has
the right to respond once to this explanation.
Every member of the council has the right to seek explanations from the
Prime Minister or any of the ministers in matters related to their areas of
jurisdiction. Only the member seeking explanation has the right to comment once
on the explanation.
Every member of the council has the right to question ministers in
matters related to their areas of jurisdiction. Such a question has to be first
approved by a third of the council. Discussions on the question shall not be
conducted within ten days of putting it, unless in case of an emergency,
provided that the concerned minister approves curtailing of this period.
Every minister is responsible before the council for the functioning of
his ministry. A motion of no-confidence against a minister shall not be moved
until after a discussion on the enquiry addressed to him. A non- confidence
motion cannot be brought without the minister’s approval, unless an
application is signed by 15 members. The council has no right to issue a
decision in this matter before at least ten days from the date of submitting
the application or expressing the idea. A no- confidence move against a
minister shall have to be approved by two- thirds of the members the council
consists of. The minister shall be relieved of his charge from the date of the
decision on the no- confidence motion.
A member of the council shall not be excused for the opnions or views
expressed before the council or its committees on issues within the juridiction
of the council.
1. No member of the Advisory Council shall be arrested, jailed, frisked
or questioned unless caught red-handed in an illegal action or without the
permission of the council. If the council does not issue a decision on an
application within one month from the date of receiving such application, it
shall be considered as granting of permission. The permission shall be issued
by the chairman of the council in times when the council is not in session.
2. In case of apprehension, the council should be informed about the
action taken against the concerned member. In times when the council is not in
session, it should be notified in the its first session.
It is not allowed for a member of the council to have membership of the
council while simultaneously handling public post, except in cases where it is
accepted by the Constitution.
Members of the council shall work for the interests of the country and
shall not use this membership in any way for their own interests or interests
of those with whom they have special relations. The law shall define acts that
the members shall not indulge in.
The chairman of the council, his deputy and members shall be awarded
renumeration to be defined by the law, and to be valid from the date of their
taking the oath before the council.
No one shall be appointed as minister unless being of Qatari origin.
The formation of the Cabinet shall be in accordance with an Emiri Order,
as per a proposal from the Prime Minister. The Emir has the right to assign the
Prime Minister or any of the minister with one or more portfolios. The law
shall define the authority of the ministers.
The Prime Minister and ministers shall take the following oath before
the Emir: “I swear by Almighty Allah to be loyal to the country and the
Emir; to respect the Islamic Shriah, the Constitution, and the Law, and to
uphold the people’s interest, and to perform my duties honestly and
faithfully, and to fully preseve the country’s territorial integrity.
The Cabinet shall assist the Emir in performing his duties and
practising his authority, according to this Constitution and the provisions of
The Cabinet shall be assigned, in its capacity as supreme executive
authority, the managing all internal and external affairs which come within its
authority according to the Constitution and the provisions of the law. The
Cabinet shall particularly have the following powers:
1. Proposing drafts of laws and decrees. Draft of laws should be
referred to the Advisory Council for consideration, and in case of approval,
should be submitted to the Emir for endorsement and issuance, according to the
provisions of this Constitution.
2. Approving drafts and decisions prepared by ministries and other
government agencies, each within its competence, for the implementation of laws
and in compliance with its provisions.
3. Supervising implementation of laws, decrees, regulations and
4. Proposing the establishment and organisation of government
departments, agencies, and public institutions, in compliance with the law.
5. Monitoring the financial and administrative processes of the
6. Appointing and terminating employees in cases where such action is
not within the authority of the Emir or individual ministers, according to the
7. Setting the general rules that ensure the stability of the internal
security and maintaining order in the country at large, according to the
8. Managing the State finances, preparing the general budget proposals,
according to the provisions of this Constitution and the law.
9. Approving economic projects and the means of their
10. Supervising means of promoting the interests of the State abroad and
means of promoting international relations and external affairs.
11. Preparing a report in the beginning of every fiscal year, to include
a detailed presentation on the significant achievements within and outside the
country, along with a plan outlining the best means to achieve comprehensive
development of the state. Providing means of development, progress and welfare.
Consolidating the country’s security and stability according to the core
principles guiding the State policy stipulated in this Constutition. This
report shall be submitted to the Emir for approval.
12. Any other functions assigned to it by this Constitution or the
The ministers shall execute the general policy of the government, within
their authority. The Emir has the right to ask the Prime Minister or the
ministers to submit reports concerning any of the affairs within their
The Prime Minister and the ministers are collectively responsible before
the Emir for the implemnetation of the general policy of the government. Every
one of them shall hold individual responsibility before the Emir concerning his
duties and practising his authority.
The law shall determine the remuneration of the Prime Minister and the
ministers. The Prime Minister shall be subject to all provisions applying to
ministers, unless there is a provision that states otherwise.
The Prime Minister shall handle the Cabinet’s sessions and guide
and supervise the discussions and the coordination between different ministries
to achieve the unity of the government agencies and the integration of its
activities. He has the right to sign on behalf of the Cabinet and in the name
of the Cabinet, all decisions issued by the Cabinet. He shall submit to the
Emir all decisions taken by the Cabinet relating to affairs that an Emiri
Decision defines for endorsement and issuance, according to the provisions of
Meetings of the Cabinet shall be considered legal if the majority of its
members attend along with the Prime Minister or his deputy. The deliberations
of the Cabinet shall be confidential. Its decisions shall be taken only when
approved by a majority of the members. In case of a tie, the Prime Minister has
a casting vote. The minority shall accept and be committed to the decision of
The Cabinet shall prepare its internal regulation for organising its
functioning. It shall have a secretariat general to assist it in performing its
The ministers, when handling their posts, shall uphold the interets of
the country. They shall not use or exploit there official posts in any way for
their own interests or for the interests of those with whom they have special
relations. The law shall define acts prohibited for the ministers and acts that
may attract questioning, and also define the manner of this questioning.
The prevalence of the law is the basis of the rule in the State. The
honesty of judiciary and the neutrality of judges and their justice is a
guarantee of rights and freedoms.
The judicial authority is independent and shall be handled by courts of
law in its different types and degrees. It shall issue its verdicts according
to the law.
Judges are independent. There is no power over them in their judgements
except the law. No agency has the right to interfere in the process of
The law shall categorise the courts of law in different types and
degrees and define their authorities and jurisdictions. The authority of court
martialling is restricted in cases of non-emergency professions, on the
military crimes committed by personnel of the armed forces and security forces,
and within the limits stipulated by the law.
Sessions of the courts of justice shall be public, unless the court
decides to hold them in-camera. In all cases, the pronouncement of the verdict
shall be in a public session.
Judges are beyond dismissal, except in cases to be defined by the law.
The law shall define the special provisions related to them and organise their
Litigation is a right secured and preserved for the people. The law
shall define procedures and situations of practising this right.
The Attorney General shall handle the general public cases in the name
of the society; supervise the affairs of judicial control; be dedicated to the
implementation of the criminal law. The law shall set this agency and define
its authority and conditions and special guarantees for those appointed in its
The judiciary shall have a Supreme Council supervising the proper way of
the functioning of courts and supporting agencies. The law shall define the
formation of this council, its jurisdiction and authority.
The law shall define the concerned agency entitled to settle
administrative disputes and its system and its functions.
The law shall define the manner of settling disputes on the
specialisation between the judicial bodies and in disputes between
The law shall define the judicial agency that is authorised to settle
disputes related to constitutional validity of laws and regulations; define its
authority, and means of appeal and regulations that should be followed before
this agency. The law shall also define the effect of a sentence declaring an
act as unconstitutional.
The Final Provisions
The Emir is issuing this Constitution and it shall come into force from
the day following the date of publication in the official gazette
Laws shall be published after being approved and issued in the official
gazette within two weeks from the date of issuance. They shall come into force
after one month from the date of publication, unless another date is stipulated
in the same law.
It shall be legal and valid, all that has been stipulated by laws and
regulations, issued before this Constitution came into force, unless being
amended according to its provisions. The implementation of this Constitution
shall not result in the violation of the provisions of conventions and
international agreements to which the State is a party.
The Emir and a third of the members of the Advisory Council have the
right to ask for amendments to one or more Articles in this Constitution. If
the majority of the Advisory Council members initially approve the amendment,
the Council shall discuss the Constitution Article by Article. For the approval
of the amendment, two-third of the members of the Advisory Council shall accept
it. The amendment shall not be valid without the approval of the Emir, and it
shall be published in the official gazette. If the proposal of amendment is
initially rejected or the issue of the amendment is rejected, it shall not be
discussed again for at least one year since the date of this rejection.
Provisions concerning the Rule of State and inheritance shall not be
discussed for amendment.
Provisions concerning rights and public freedom shall not be discussed
for amendment unless in cases where the purpose is to grant more rights and
guarantees in the interests of the citizens.
The authority of the Emir stipulated in this Constitution shall not be
discussed for amendment during the period when someone else is deputising for
It is not allowed to ask for amendments to any of the Articles in this
Constitution before the completion of 10 years from the date of its coming into
No provision of this Constitution shall be revoked unless during the
period of the validity of the emergency provisions and in cases to be
stipulated by the law. It is also not permissible during such period to suspend
sessions of the Advisory Council or to revoke the immunity granted to its
The Amended Temporary Basic Law applicable in the State, issued on April
19, 1972, shall be considered repealed and the special provisions concerning
the current Advisory Council shall be considered valid until the election of a
new Advisory Council.