Kuwait's Constitutional Court Rejects Women's Right to Vote

Published July 4th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Kuwait's top court on Tuesday rejected a plea by the emirate's disenfranchised women to enjoy the same political rights as their male counterparts and the right to vote, court sources said. 

The constitutional court, whose verdicts are final, dismissed four cases filed by women arguing that the electoral law that barred females from voting was unconstitutional, the sources said. 

"It is a very sad day in the history of Kuwaiti women. We were hoping for a positive decision but it seems the road is too long," a dejected Rula al-Dashti, a leading women's activist, told AFP. 

Kuwait's constitution guarantees equality of the sexes, but Article One of the electoral law grants political rights only to men - KUWAIT CITY (AFP) 

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