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IN FRATERNAM MEAM
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
IGNORING SHOUTING, UPROAR, WOMAN JOINS KUWAIT CABINET
KUWAIT CITY -- Kuwait's first female cabinet member took the oath of office in parliament Monday over the shouts of Muslim fundamentalist and tribal lawmakers opped to women in politics.

The parliament floor was in uproar as conservatives stood and cried out that Massouma al Mubarak's appointment was unconstitutional. Liberal lawmakers then stood as well, shouting back "Congratulations".

Amid the din, al-Mubarak read the oath, seemingly unaffected by the screaming match. The U.S. educated political science teacher was name minister of planning and administrative developm,ent June 12, a month after Kuwait's parliament gave women the right to vote and participate in politics.

Al-Mubarak described the even as a "great day for all Kuwaiti women." She said she was willing to "cooperate with all lawmakers" inthe interest of her country.

Kuwaiti women have reached high positions in the oil industry, education and the diplomatic corps, but until recently, they were kept out of politics.

(abstracted from Associated Press report)
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