Qataris voted in their second municipal elections on 7 April, but turn-out appears to have been low, at around 25-30 per cent, compared with an interior ministry forecast of 45-55 per cent, attributed to disappointment with the council, which has only advisory powers (MEED 7:3:03). The ministry said that 29 of the 84 candidates had won seats on the municipal council, including the first female councillor, Yussef al-Jiffri, whose rivals stood aside to ensure her victory. The emirate’s first municipal election took place in 1999.