The Federal National Council is the fourth federal authority in terms of order in the hierarchy of the five federal authorities stated in the constitution. It is comprised of 40 members; half of them are elected by the electoral bodies, while the other half is appointed by the council. This mechanism has been implemented in 2006, since the beginning of the first phase of the program of political empowerment of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE. The term of membership in the FNC is four Gregorian years. Some of the tasks tackled by FNC are: discussing constitutional amendments, drafts of federal laws, UAE budget and presenting views on international treaties and agreements.