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DOHA: Women voters voiced disappointment Sunday after none were elected in Qatar's first legislative polls with all eyes on whether the emir will use his powers to appoint 15 lawmakers to boost representation.

Thirty men were elected to Qatar's Shura Council at Saturday's polls despite more than two dozen women standing for the body which is seen as a nod to democracy rather than a fully-fledged parliament.

"The (emir's) quota is the lifeline to ensure women's representation in the next assembly," said defeated candidate Aisha Jassim al-Kuwari who ran in a constituency alongside four other women against 14 male contenders.

"We hope to appoint four to five women because the presence of women is very important.

"Some of the female candidates were disappointed, of course, because they presented strong programmes - but we should not forget that some female voters chose men and this is the will of the people."

It is not known when the emir's appointments will be announced or when the council will meet.

"I'm not happy because all of them (winners) are men - some of them are old. To be honest, I was surprised. It's not fair," said voter Shamma who declined to give her full name.

"We are really sad."

Dania Thafer, director of the Gulf International Forum, tweeted "I foresee a strong likelihood of women being appointed by the emir".

Of the 284 hopefuls who went into the race for the 30 available council seats, just 28 were women although the final proportion after a number of eleventh-hour candidate withdrawals has not been published.

As well as counting no women amongst their number, the 30 victorious candidates were older men mostly from prominent families, many of whom had backgrounds in business or government. "You lost the battle of victory, but you won the war of participation!" popular Qatari author Ebtesam al-Saad wrote on Twitter.

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