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KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwaiti lawmakers approved political rights for women Monday, clearing the way for females to participate in parliamentary elections for the first time in the Gulf nation's history.


By Yasser Al-Zayyat, AFP/Getty Images

However, fundamentalist Muslims included a requirement that any female politician or voter abide by Islamic law. It was not clear what limits that would put on women's rights.

Kuwait's next parliamentary election is due in 2007.

The nation's Cabinet asked for the vote Monday in a surprise move after a number of attempts had been stymied by fundamentalist lawmakers. The bill was approved 35-23 with one abstention and immediately became law.

Scores of women activists in the gallery immediately rose to their feet in applause, with some ululating and others singing the national anthem.

"I am overexcited. I can't believe this," said activist Rola Dashti, who said she would run in the next parliamentary election. "I'm starting my campaign as of today."

Dashti said she was not worried by the Islamic law reference, saying it probably just meant separate polling stations.

"They can't impose veils on voters," she said.

The bill does not allow women to participate in next month's municipal elections.

Although Kuwaiti women have reached high positions in oil, education and the diplomatic corps, the country's 1962 election law limited political rights to men.

Women activists have for years been pushing for the right to vote and run for parliament, but several attempts to give them political rights have been defeated.

Massouma al-Mubarak, a political analyst and professor at Kuwait University, said the parliament approval was long overdue.

"This is the right thing to do," she said. "It is no favor from anyone."

She said, however, that any conditions put on the bill would violate the constitution.

"When you put conditions only for women, this is extraconstitutional. The constitution puts no conditions" on any one, she said. "No dress code, no Islamic law, and no nonsense."

Allowing women to vote could more than double the number of registered voters in Kuwait. Previously, the vote was restricted to men over 21 who were not members of the police force or military — about 139,000 registered voters.

If all women over 21 registered, that total could reach 339,000.

Women can now vote in all Middle Eastern nations where elections are held except Saudi Arabia. The Persian Gulf nations of Bahrain, Qatar and Oman all have held their first elections in recent years and allowed women to cast ballots.


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Well I am now convinced the war was worth it. Please raise Bots, and my taxes accordingly. Thanxs.
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Interesting - an inquiry into the state of democracy in Kuwait. Well class, it's question time:

1) How is the Prime Minister of Kuwait elected? (warning, this is a trick question)

2) Are the oil revenues of Kuwait sent to the public treasury, or simpy transfered to the ruling family?

3) Can acts of the legislature simply be overruled by the ruling family ?

4) When we are talking about "family" in relation to Kuwait, do we mean it in the sense of Mom and Dad and The Kids, or do we mean it in the sense of Al Capone?

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

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5) Is the country in an obvious state of transition?

6) Is this yet another example of dilligently searching for a cloud to wrap around a silver lining?
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What year is this B? What year did they "liberate" the place? Transition? How about bandaid patches as they suck the last drop of oil billions from the land they claim to be "princes" over ? Transition works best at the point of a rebel's gun.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

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I can just see it: "You want that 3$ a gallon gas, then give me some political cover by giving those slave bitches of yours the right to vote. I need the headline dude. It won't be any skin off your ass,Princey, because everyone who has a right to vote in your country is still a slave anyway."

One must ask an obvious question. Why did the Bush family install a medieval, fascist government in Kuwait anyway? And why didn't any Kuwaitis get to vote on whether they wanted that blood sucking leech back? I guess they needed another fifteen years of rapicious pigs running their country so they could "transition".



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Interesting - an inquiry into the state of democracy in Kuwait. Well class, it's question time:

1) How is the Prime Minister of Kuwait elected? (warning, this is a trick question)

2) Are the oil revenues of Kuwait sent to the public treasury, or simpy transfered to the ruling family?

3) Can acts of the legislature simply be overruled by the ruling family ?

4) When we are talking about "family" in relation to Kuwait, do we mean it in the sense of Mom and Dad and The Kids, or do we mean it in the sense of Al Capone?
Well class, here are your answers:

1) There is no election for Prime Minister, the Prince of Kuwait, a fascist potentate who whips and cuts off the limbs of those who displease him, is also the Prime Minister of Kuwait. His sub- ministries are handed out by him to his family and pals.

2) Since Kuwait is the private property of the Prince, the money from all oil pumped out of Kuwait goes into his bank account.

3) Yes. The legislature, which also has a guaranteed amount of seats for the princes family, is a debating society that doesn't mean sqwat.

4. Capone.

Next questions:

1) Who created Kuwait?

2) Who made these shitheads king?

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

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