The democratic deficit

Ford, Neil
January 2005
Middle East;Jan2005, Issue 352, p16
This article reports that the steps taken towards representative government by countries like Qatar and pressure from Washington itself have all given prominence to the issue of Middle Eastern democracy in recent months. Emir Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah issued a decree enfranchising women in 1999, but unfortunately this was subsequently rejected by the National Assembly. Lebanese women have been enfranchised and enjoyed the right to stand for election for over 50 years The government is elected by universal adult suffrage, although there is some weighting of votes to ensure that Christians and Muslims are equally represented.


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