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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Get Your Vote On Sister

Just two weeks after conservative lawmakers in the Kuwaiti Parliament had thwarted a measure that aimed to grant women the right to vote and contest city council elections, the parliament reversed itself on Monday, making way for women to vote and run for office in parliamentary and local elections for the first time in the country's history. The Kuwaiti prime minister, Sheik Sabah al-Jaber al-Sabah, is believed to have forced the measure through the parliament ahead of a planned visit to Washington.

However, because the legislation was passed too late for Kuwaiti women to run in the council elections next month, the soonest they will be able to run in any election is 2007, when parliamentary elections are scheduled. But, it is expected that the Prime minister will appoint a woman minister of Health in the near term.

Better late than never.

3 Comments:

Blogger Myrtus said...

I guess we should at least be happy for this, but I don't trust those tribal chieftans. Obviously they can change their minds anytime.

May 17, 2005

 
Blogger Eman said...

You're so right Jawad, although late, but it's still good. I think this step is the start of a great positive progress in the region.

I'm so happy for them!

May 18, 2005

 
Anonymous Meriam said...

oué! trés bonne intiative , je crois en eux! ils vont surement vers le bon chemin.
bravo les femmes!!

May 19, 2005

 

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