Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Kuwait's first female Cabinet member took the oath of office in parliament yesterday over the shouts of Islamist and tribal lawmakers opposed to women's participation in politics :: Gulf News
"If she is not registered, she is not a voter," lawmaker Deiffallah Bou Ramia shouted during the oath-taking. . . . The Cabinet and pro-women's rights members counter that registration is not a requirement for being an "eligible voter."

"Tell me, is Shaikh Nawwaf [Al Sabah, the interior minister] registered?" roared liberal legislator Mohammad Al Saqr. "You just want to wage war!" The prime minister, Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, said: "I would like to tell you that I am not registered, if there is a law against this, then we [unregistered Cabinet members] will all have to walk out of this parliament."


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