Friday, May 22, 2009

Kuwait: Female Candidates Hope For Win

From the Wall Street Journal:
As Kuwaitis prepared to go to the polls Saturday to elect a new parliament, the third in three years, Aseel al Awadhi geared up for a round of last-minute campaigning.

Ms. Al Awadhi has become a political celebrity in Kuwait, with polls showing she has a good chance of becoming the first female to be elected to Kuwait's 50-seat parliament.

Women were given the right to vote and run for office in 2005. So far, they haven't been able to win a seat in this conservative Muslim society.

But this year, 19 women are running, out of 280 candidates, for Kuwait's 50 seats.

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