In a major step toward granting women political rights, lawmakers agreed on Tuesday to permit women to vote and compete in local council elections, but the measure requires more legislative action before it would become a law.
Kuwait's parliament has agreed to speed up moves towards a law to grant women the same political rights as men.
Several hundred people have staged a peaceful protest in support of women's rights outside the Kuwaiti parliament.
Prosperous and possessed of a spirited parliament, Kuwait has prided itself on being a standard setter among the Arab monarchies on the Persian Gulf. With respect to women's rights, however, today Kuwait ranks just above Saudi Arabia.
In May, several Islamic Sunni groups and parliamentarians threatened to work against a draft bill, approved by the Kuwaiti government, which provides women with the right to vote and nominate in legislative elections.
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