DEMOCRACY WATCH: Kuwait appoints two women to public office
Karin Palmquist

On June 4, the government Kuwait appointed two women members of the Municipal Council -- the first women in the country’s history to be appointed to public office.

The appointment of the women came less than a month after Kuwait’s women were granted suffrage.

The Municipal Council also has 10 elected members, but the law allowing women to vote and run for office was passed to late for them to take part in this month’s municipal elections. The parliamentary elections in 2007 will be the first time Kuwaiti women can exercise their right to vote.
 
The Municipal Council is responsible for city planning, public health and property issues, and monitors restaurants and construction.