Qatar’s hereditary emir holds all executive and legislative authority, and ultimately controls the judiciary as well. Political parties are not permitted, and the only elections are for an advisory municipal council. While Qatari citizens are among the wealthiest in the world, the vast majority of the population consists of noncitizens with no political rights, few civil liberties, and limited access to economic opportunity.
Freedom in the World — Qatar Country Report
Qatar is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2023, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.
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