Morocco top Arab state in women's political representation
Morocco, Politics, 10/4/2002
The election of 35 women to the House of Representatives (lower chamber of parliament) places Morocco on top of other Arab states in terms of females' political representation.
For the first time, the percentage of women in Moroccan 325-member House of Representatives stands at 11%, compared to 0.6% in the previous legislation. This improves Moroccan ranking as regards women representatives at the Arab states and also at international level.
Morocco is followed by Syria which has 25 women out of 250 MPs, Tunisia which counts 16 women in parliament out of 175 MPs and Egypt whose parliament includes 11 women.
The 11% rate reached in Morocco is quite close to European and American ones (15% in Europe and 16% in America).
A total of 35 women were elected to the house of representatives, following the legislative elections held last Friday. Out of this number, 5 women won in "local lists" (men and women lists) and the remaining 30 seats went to women in national lists (exclusively for women).
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