Kuwaiti women's suffrage bill fails for lack of quorum

[JURIST] A landmark bill which would have allowed Kuwaiti women to vote and stand in municipal elections failed Monday in the Kuwaiti Parliament [official website in Arabic, video backgrounder in English]. Twenty-nine deputies voted in favor of the bill and 2 voted against it, but of the 60 deputies, 29 abstained from the vote so that the required quorum was not met. The Kuwaiti Parliament had in March agreed to speed up consideration of the controversial legislation [JURIST report] and the bill recently passed on its first reading. Aljazeera has more.

 

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