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Qatar emir appoints two women to advisory council after men sweep polls

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DOHA, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Qatar’s emir named two women amongst his new appointments to the Gulf state’s advisory Shura Council on Thursday, after partial elections held for the primary time earlier this month noticed not one of many greater than 20 women candidates safe a seat.

In what was Qatar’s first legislative election, candidates competed for 30 of the 45 seats on the council. The emir continues to appoint the remaining 15 members of the physique, which has restricted sway over insurance policies within the monarchy, which bans political events.

Dashing hopes for a stronger voice for women within the Gulf monarchy, voters elected an all-male line-up for the council which has included a small variety of women up to now. learn extra

A press release by the workplace of Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani listed two women — Sheikha bint Yousef Al-Jufairi and Hamda bint Hassan al-Sulaiti — among the many newly appointed members.

Neither girl ran within the elections.

While Qatar has launched reforms to women’s rights in recent times, together with permitting women to independently get a driving license, it has been criticised by rights teams for points just like the guardianship system, the place a lady wants male permission to marry, journey and entry reproductive healthcare.

Kuwait has been the one Gulf monarchy to give substantial powers to an elected parliament, though final decision-making rests with its ruler, as in neighbouring states.

Reporting by Andrew Mills; Writing by Ghaida Ghantous
Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky

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