President’s message on FNC will inspire progress

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President’s message on FNC will inspire progress

ABU DHABI - The message given by President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan on the importance of the Federal National Council (FNC) elections will motivate everyone involved in the electoral process to seek further progress and achievement, said Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Minister of State for FNC Affairs and Chairman of the National Election Committee (NEC).

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Published: Wed 21 Sep 2011, 7:43 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 10:56 AM

‘His Highness Shaikh Khalifa’s call to his people for broad participation in the FNC elections reflects the leadership’s commitment to empower the council and enhance political participation,’ Gargash said during a lecture held yesterday in Dubai.

‘The consultative approach followed by the UAE leadership since its inception, as His Highness mentioned, has never been one necessitated by emergencies or regional and international developments. It is an original approach rooted in the political tradition of the UAE. The empowerment of the Federal National Council, in line with His Highness’s speech in 2005, was part of this approach,’ added Gargash.

‘The UAE leadership’s policy was not to rush and burn fingers as it would not help in achieving a national programme that had a clear vision and took into account our advanced and civilised experience. Hence, we started with gradual steps aimed at meeting the aspirations of the leadership and citizens. The President’s words that ‘we walk with a clear vision to empower the Federal National Council’ refer to this gradual approach,’ said Gargash.

The Minister added that the Federal National Council has had a fruitful experience during the past four years as it took up a number of national issues and succeeded in conveying the concerns of citizens. The government responded positively to such efforts, especially to the Council’s recommendations on draft laws and other issues.

Gargash reiterated that preparations have been completed for the election day on Saturday, September 24, 2011, adding that the National Election Committee and the Election Management Committee have made all arrangements to enable voters to exercise their electoral right in an orderly and convenient manner.

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