Kuwait: women take part in elections for the first time

Kuwait: women take part in elections for the first time
Kuwait: women take part in elections for the first time

Women, who won the right to vote and run for office last year, went to separate polling stations from men. There are 28 female canidadates among the 252 people running in the election, and women make 57 percent of voters.

Even fundamentalist Muslims who opposed giving them the right to vote have campaigned for their suppport in the weeks heading up to Thursday's election.

But the entry of women is not the only new twist in the election. The vote has sparked a surprisingly vocal campaign for reform in Kuwait, where the ruling Al Sabah family heads the government and holds sway over politics, according to the AP.