KUWAIT: Women have won four seats in Kuwait’s parliament, the first women to do so in the Gulf Arab state’s history, official election results showed on Sunday. Kuwaiti women were first given the right to vote and run for office in 2005 but failed to win any seats in the 2006 and 2008 elections, held in this conservative Muslim country where politics is still widely seen as a man’s domain.
The KUNA news agency said liberal candidates Aseel Awadhi and Rola Dashti came in second and seventh place in the third constituency, giving them both seats in the House. Former health minister Massouma al-Mubarak, who became the first Kuwaiti woman minister in 2005, and another female candidate, Salwa al-Jassar, also secured seats in parliament. reuters
Kuwait City | Crucial win
Kuwaiti candidate Acil al-Awadi (C) celebrates with supporters following her victory in the parliamentary elections in the Kuwaiti capital on Sunday. Kuwaitis voted for change in the Gulf emirate’s second poll in a year. Four women candidates made history by winning the first female seats in the Kuwaiti parliament. Kuwaiti women were first given the right to vote and run for office in 2005 but failed to win any seats in the 2006 and 2008 elections. afp