Monday, May 16, 2005

Long and winding road for Kuwaiti women - Aljazeera

After legislators and constitutional lawyers battled it out in parliament on Tuesday, Kuwait's women will have to wait another two weeks to see if they are to be granted partial electoral rights. On Monday, 60 MPs in the National Assembly voted 29 in favour of women gaining the right to run and vote in elections for the Municipal Council, while only two voted against.
What happened?
Yet 29 also abstained, which under Kuwaiti parliamentary law meant that the session was declared without a quorum. What that meant for the proposed law, however, was left in doubt.

"Three positions emerged," women's rights activist and leading Kuwait Economic Society member Rola Dashti told "Some said that the law had passed, some that it had been suspended and others that it had failed."



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