Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Hijabless in Kuwait

Remember No Hijab. Female Kuwait MP in trouble? Well, she showed up without her hijab today. Assembly off to good start despite hijab row.

Even the education minister's swearing-in in was met with only a little opposition. Islamist-tribal MPs Dhaifallah Buramia and Khaled Al-Adwah were virtually the only two lawmakers to object to Education Minister Nouriya Al-Subeeh taking the oath without wearing the hijab. As Subeeh began to read the oath, Buramia shouted that she should not be allowed to be sworn-in because she was not complying with sharia regulations stipulated in the election law. Speaker Jassem Al-Khorafi refused to allow Buramia to speak through the microphone and asked him to sit down, but he continued to protest loudly, calling on the government to apply the laws. "She should not be allowed to take the oath because she does not comply with Islamic regulations. Why don't you implement laws? Is this the government that wants to carry out reforms?" the MP asked.