Kuwait: Women participate in elections for first time in history
Kuwaiti women on Tuesday voted for the first time in a by-election for a municipal council seat, less than a year after winning full political rights. According to AFP, two women are among eight candidates running for the seat in the district of Salmiya, some 15 kilometres southeast of the capital.
According to official figures, there are over 28,000 eligible female and male voters in the constituency.
On his part, Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah has said political participation of Kuwaiti women in the elections "boosts the status of Kuwait on the international arena."
He, according to Kuna, said "we are proud and we are honored" of this participation.
Sheikh Mohammed said during a press conference he was pleased to see Kuwaiti women take up big responsibilities in all sectors, including the political field.
He urged Kuwaiti women to push ahead and take what they deserve next to their Kuwaiti brothers.