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First Kuwaiti women appointed to public office

[JURIST] Two women have been appointed for the first time to Kuwait's municipal council, according to an official source on Sunday. Kuwait news agency Kuna [official website in Arabic] reports that one of the women is a member of the ruling family - Shaikha Fatima al-Sabah, an architect and an assistant undersecretary at the office of Kuwaiti ruler Sheikh Jaber al-Sabah [profile]. The other appointed woman is Fawziya al-Bahar, an engineer. The historic move came less than one month after Kuwaiti women were granted the right to vote [JURIST report] in the 2007 parliament elections and 2009 municipal polls. Aljazeera has local coverage.

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