Kuwait: 1999 ban on women's suffrage is lifted

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Kuwaiti women win right to vote
Supporters of the amendment allowing women to vote celebrate

The Kuwaiti parliament has voted to give women full political rights.

The amendment to the Kuwait's electoral law means women can for the first time vote and stand in parliamentary and local elections.

It was passed by 35 votes for, 23 against, with one abstention. Council elections are due this year.

The result, announced by the speaker of parliament, was greeted with thunderous applause from the public gallery where backers of the amendment were gathered.

"I congratulate the women of Kuwait for having achieved their political rights," said Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah.

BBC News

Kuwaiti women win right to vote. BBC News.

Kuwait: The Women Vote. Newsweek.

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