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July-05-00

Women in Kuwait Are Denied Voting Rights By Highest Court

On July 4th, the Constitutional Court of Kuwait refused to grant Kuwaiti women the right to vote and hold political office based on claims of procedural flaws. After the all-male Parliament rejected a suffrage bill last year, women's rights activists turned to the courts in hopes that the 1962 election law, which bars women from voting and holding office, would be declared unconstitutional. Women will have another chance to gain the right to vote in September, when the court will review the arguments of a Kuwaiti man who sued his local polling office for prohibiting women from voting.

Media Resources: Gulf News, 5 July 2000