2 women win seats in Qatar municipal election
(MENAFN- The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) Two women have won seats in Qatar's municipal election, the first to be held in the Gulf state since Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani came to power in mid-2013, according to preliminary results.
Shaikha al-Jufairi, the only woman in Qatar's municipal council since 2003, was re-elected for the fourth time in a row, the results showed.
Another woman, Fatma al-Kawari, won a seat in Wednesday's municipal polls.
The final results of the polls, which were held Wednesday, are expected to be announced later in the day.
This is the first time two women are elected to Qatar's municipal council.
A municipal council serves for four years.
Five women out of 114 candidates have vied in Wednesday's elections.
Twenty-six seats were up for grabs in the election. Three members had already been elected earlier.
Around 21,000 Qataris were eligible to vote in the election, 70 percent of which showed up at Wednesday's vote.
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