x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 January 2018

UAE Prime Minister to open next session of the FNC

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, will open the upcoming session of the FNC next week.

ABU DHABI // Federal National Council sessions will begin again on Monday after an opening ceremony led by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

After a salute to the national anthem, Sheikh Mohammed will take to the podium at the FNC’s chambers in the presence of ministers and members of the ruling families, to give a speech on behalf of the President, Sheikh Khalifa.

After Sheikh Mohammed officially announces the start of the new session, the FNC will immediately resume work.

International treaties signed during the summer recess will be read out and FNC members will hear the topics passed to them by the Cabinet. Members of the council’s eight sub-committees will also be elected or re-elected.

Several bills are ready to be discussed in the FNC but await a set agenda for public debate. Members believe a child-protection bill, the much-anticipated Wadeema’s Law, will be one of the first to be discussed.

The council is scheduled to meet for a public session in the capital every fortnight until mid-June, when its third year will end.

Elections are expected at the end of the fourth year.