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Kuwait, Fatma al-Muteiri © Awad Awad / AFP


Fatma al-Muteiri (C), scion of an ancient bedouin tribe, shows journalists her elections program at her home in Kuwait City, 26 June 2006. Muteiri, the divorced mother of four, has secured her place in her country's history by becoming one of the first Kuwaiti women to run in parliamentary elections. Kuwait introduced parliamentary elections four decades ago, but tomorrow's parliamentary elections, in which women will take part for the first time as both voters and candidates, are the most hotly contested ever, and record crowds have turned up at rallies, particularly those of opposition candidates. © Awad Awad / AFP

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