Kuwait Elects First Women to Parliament

Four women take seats
By Amelia Atlas,  Newser User
Posted May 17, 2009 5:30 AM CDT
Winning parliamentarian candidate, Salwa Al-Jassar, receives a bouquet of flowers at her campaign headquarters in Shamiya, Kuwait City, early today.   (AP Photo/Gustavo Ferrari)
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(Newser) – Kuwaitis have elected the first women ever to become members of Parliament, reports the BBC. US-educated Aseel al-Awadhi and Rola Dashti won seats in regional votes. Former Health Minister Massouma al-Mubarak, who was the first Kuwaiti woman to be appointed to a ministerial post, and Salwa al-Jassar also secured seats. "It's a victory for Kuwaiti women and for Kuwaiti democracy," said Awadhi. Women have only been eligible to vote and run for office since 2005.