Criticism in UAE for marginalizing the National Council and its full representation of the Authority
Just weeks before the start of new elections, the UAE Federal National Council (FNC) is showing a paralyzed body that is fully representative of power, regardless of the role it assumes for international citizens.
The meetings and movements of the President of the National Council, “Amal Qubaisi,” a figure who is supposed to represent the UAE citizens and not the executive authority.
The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) referred to Al Qubaisi’s speech at the second meeting of the Standing Committee – Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean entitled “Alternative Capital Markets for Economic Growth in the Mediterranean: The Decisive Role of Parliamentarians” in Milan, Italy.
Al-Qubaisi ignored the lack of talk about this issue and the role of the UAE parliament and its crucial role in issuing laws that facilitate investments because the Federal National Council does not have powers.
Al-Qubaisi preferred to talk about a completely different topic than the one she went to discuss, according to the official WAM news agency, which is the way to “defeat terrorism” by confronting extremism. Al-Qubaisi explained the role of an authority other than its authority to talk about the subject. That terrorism cannot be fought “without policies that strike a balance between freedom of expression and responsibility, and without policies that establish the rules of tolerance as a key value of our societies’ values.”
The “balance” that al-Qubaisi intends is to wage war on all opinions of dissenting and critical citizens of the state security apparatus and its internal and external policies. The rules of tolerance that refer to them do not go towards political detainees. The “justice system disorder” keeps 6 UAE detainees in prison for years, Imprisonment after the political sentences against them.
Last week, al-Qubaisi appeared with statements that did not represent the Emiratis, nether most of the residents or the whole of humanity, to provoke a wave of Arab anger when she praised Russia for purging Syria from Syrians.
The official website of the Russian State Duma published statements to al-Qubaisi, in which he thanked Russia for clearing 80 percent of Syria’s territory from which she described as terrorists where more than half a million Syrians have been killed by bombing the regime and Russian forces.
“We want to cooperate with Russia to help the Syrians and support their parliament,” she said, referring to the Syrian People’s Assembly. It is the same dictatorship that has supported torture, murder and brutal crimes in Syria for years.
The United Arab Emirates reopened its embassy in Damascus, recognizing the brutal Syrian regime after supporting the Syrian factions to confront it.
Al-Qubaisi has never made any statements about the rising living conditions and the looming economic crisis. He has not presented solutions and pressure on the authorities to allow freedom of opinion and expression, as parliaments must do.
Al-Qubaisi, who has been appointed as speaker of parliament by the executive authority to be a good image showing the openness of the UAE and the role of women in the country, as part of the efforts to improve the countries’ reputation rather than empowering women to political life.
Emiratis need a full-fledged national council to discuss the concerns of the citizens and express their views on freedom of expression not inciting against it in the name of fighting terrorism and to present the positions of citizens of the crises of the region.