were granted active and passive voting rights in 2005, and a woman was
appointed minister that same year, but none had been elected to
parliament so far. Observers say turnout in the elections was low.
The elections were made necessary when the emir decided to dissolve
parliament for the third time in three years.
In Kuwait, which has no political parties, the emir and his family
hold the post of prime minister as well as the key defence, interior
and foreign affairs portfolios. All other ministers are appointed by
the prime minister.