Row over veil for appointed and elected officials likely to hot up

Habib Toumi; 19/3/10

Kuwait’s parliament is heading towards more divisions after a conservative lawmaker pledged to bring up in the parliament the issue of making the veil mandatory for elected and appointed officials. “It is obvious that according to the constitution that states that Islam is the country’s religion, and to the rules, women elected to parliament or appointed as ministers should wear the veil,” MP Mohammad Al Hayef said. “The government is not able to apply the law or to impose the veil on its minister, Moudhi Al Humood. The government seems not able to choose a veiled ministry. Therefore, we will take up the issue to the parliament and allow the nation to see how the law is being broken,” he said at the weekly parliamentary session.