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01/23/2008 KUWAIT

No confidence vote against Kuwait’s ‘Iron Lady’ fails

Education Minister Nouriya al-Sabeeh, the only woman in active politics in Kuwait, gets to keep her job. Only 19 MPs out of 48 want her out. Ms al-Sabeeh pledges to continue with reforms and to fight against the country’s conservative tendencies.

Kuwait City (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Nouriya al-Sabeeh, Kuwait’s only woman in active politics, will keep her job as education minister. She won a no confidence vote in parliament yesterday by 27 votes in favour, including the speaker, 19 against and 2 abstentions. Her impeachment would have prompted a government crisis. Members of the Islamic group and tribal MPs sought to oust her.

In her address to parliament, Ms al-Sabeeh, who dresses Western-style without veil, told her fellow lawmakers that she would continue her work to improve education standards and pursue political reforms.

The vote saves the government from a crisis that some feared and others sought. A minister’s impeachment would have indeed caused a crisis between the government and parliament with its large Islamic bloc.

Ms al-Sabeeh, who sits as an independent and has wide support among Westernised liberals, has been dubbed Kuwait's ‘Iron Lady’ for standing up to the nation's conservatives.

We're so happy we can fly,” said a woman school principal. “This is a victory for Kuwaiti women.” Let the other “half of society work and watch the results,” she added.

Many women activists believe the attack against al-Sabeeh was an attempt to remove the only female Cabinet member in a country that still does not totally accept women in politics.






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15/05/2007 KUWAIT
A woman’s courage: without a veil in parliament
The Kuwaiti Education Minister Nouriya Al-Subeeh has refused to wear a veil in parliament. This gesture has drawn criticism from her colleagues who underline the need to respect Islamic law that calls upon women to wear a veil. But academics have ranged themselves in favour of the woman, depicting her as an example for all women who are victims of male domination.

16/05/2008 KUWAIT
Voting tomorrow in Kuwait, in attempt at stability
The government has been dissolved twice over the past two years. Voters are divided by religious, social, and tribal factors, but above all by their fidelity to the different branches of the ruling family. 274 candidates are running, including 27 women, but no women were elected in the previous vote.

10/08/2017 09:00:00 IRAN
Iran's Rouhani appoints female vice-presidents after criticism

A fourth woman has been appointed as civil rights assistant. Iran's 12 vice-presidents run organisations linked to the presidency. Lawmakers are not expected to challenge the chosen cabinet. Key roles are filled with the approval of the Supreme Leader Khamenei.

 



09/08/2017 11:34:00 IRAN
Iranian President Rouhani presents his cabinet to parliament without any woman minister

Seventeen ministerial positions are filled out of 18. Key figures in the previous cabinet are re-confirmed, including the Foreign, Oil, Intelligence and Interior ministers. New picks go to Defence and Justice. Reformists criticise the lack of women members. Rouhani has surrendered to the pressure of the religious establishment.



27/06/2006 KUWAIT
Women vote for first time: unknown factor in parliamentary election

Islamic candidates are widely expected to win. Candidates say they want to fight rampant corruption in the oil-rich state.




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