Voters in the United Arab Emirates took a step toward democratic reform Saturday as they cast ballots for an advisory assembly. It is the nation's first elections in its history.
Polls opened in two emirates, Abu Dhabi and Fujairah, as the first step in what is seen as a tightly controlled reform process. Voters in the other five emirates will cast ballots Monday and Wednesday.
The emirates' rulers chose about 6,700 voters from among a population of 800,000 citizens to cast ballots.
They are selecting 20 members of the 40-seat Federal National Council, which has no legislative power. The remaining 20 seats are selected by the rulers of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates.
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