Kuwait's first woman minister steps down

Health minister Maasuma Al Mubarak, Kuwait's first female cabinet member, has resigned following a deadly hospital fire.

Kuwait's first woman minister steps down
Health minister Maasuma Al Mubarak, Kuwait's first female cabinet member, has resigned following a deadly hospital fire.

The government of the oil-rich Gulf emirate announced Saturday that Mubarak's resignation, tendered Friday night, had been accepted.

Mubarak made history when she became the first female minister in the conservative Arab state in June 2005, taking the planning and administrative development portfolio, one month after parliament passed a bill granting women political rights.

The US-educated liberal and leading women's rights activist, who wears the Muslim hijab or head cover, has since also served as communications minister, and was given the health portfolio in the cabinet formed last March.

Mubarak, in her late 50s, also became the first woman MP when she joined the government, because cabinet ministers automatically become members of parliament in Kuwait.

Her departure leaves only one woman in the cabinet. Information minister Abdullah Al Muhailbi will now take charge of the health ministry, Saturday's government announcement said.

In her letter of resignation submitted to Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammad Al Ahmad Al Sabah, Mubarak accepted "political and moral" responsibility for the hospital fire, which is currently being investigated, the leading daily Al Qabas reported.

AFP
Last Mod: 27 Ağustos 2007, 00:08
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