No doubt just another amazing and unusual coincidence that has nothing to do with American or Bush policies in the region… yeah right.
[quote]CAIRO, May 16 - Kuwait’s Parliament granted full political rights to women on Monday, making way for them to vote and run for office in parliamentary and local elections for the first time in the country’s history. The surprise amendment to Kuwait’s election law ends a decades-long struggle by women’s rights campaigners for full suffrage, and promises to redefine the city-state’s political landscape.
Kuwaiti women applauded after Parliament passed a law granting women the right to vote and contest elections for the first time in the country’s history.
The State Department spokesman, Richard A. Boucher, welcomed the new legislation, calling it “an important step forward for the women of Kuwait and for the nation as a whole.”
The vote climaxed an extraordinary turn of events, just two weeks after the Parliament had thwarted a measure allowing women to take part in city council elections.
The prime minister, Sheik Sabah al-Jaber al-Sabah, a member of Kuwait’s ruling family, has been under growing pressure to allow women’s suffrage and is believed to have forced the measure through ahead of a planned trip to Washington. He is widely expected to appoint a woman as minister of health in coming weeks.