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May 14, 2015 | 15:12 GMT

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Qatar: 2 Women Elected Into Government For First Time

Two female politicians, Sheikha Jufairi and Fatma al-Kuwari, won seats on the Central Municipal Council, Qatar's only elected government body, AFP reported May 14. It is the first time in the country's history that two women have been elected to the council simultaneously. Jufairi has served on the council since 2003, but Kuwari was one of 14 first-time winners to earn a seat. The council has no legislative power but does serve as an advisory board to Qatar's policymakers. Almost 70 percent of registered voters, about 14,600 people, took part in elections May 13.

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