Kuwaiti MPs stage walk out in protest of bareheaded female Cabinet members

June 1, 2008 17:54

Muslim hardliners walked out of the Kuwaiti parliament's inaugural meeting Sunday to protest the absence of head scarves on two female Cabinet ministers. The nine men walked out as the ministers began taking their oath of office and only returned when the two women, Modhi al-Homoud and Nouria al-Subeih, had been sworn in. The new Cabinet was formed after Kuwait's ruler dissolved parliament and ordered fresh elections held May 17 because Cabinet and the 50-person legislature could not work together. Further conflicts between the two branches of government are expected, however, as the election put 24 religious hardliners, looking to impose religious law on the this US ally, into the parliament.

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