KUWAIT, Kuwait, May 17 (UPI) -- A dramatic change in Kuwait's conservative society has been revealed with the first elections of women to its National Assembly, analysts said.
The third try for female candidates running for the Assembly, only four years after women obtained the right to run for office, proved to be the charm Saturday when four of them were voted in, the Kuwait news agency KUNA reported.
The four winners -- Ma'souma Mubarak, Aseel Awadhi, Salwa Jassar and Rola Dashti -- are academics, officials said.
"The Kuwaiti women have been able to notch up this great victory at a crucial time and set a precedent in the history of Arabian Gulf parliaments," Mohammad Feili, professor of constitutional law at Kuwait University, told KUNA. "The results of yesterday's elections revealed a dramatic change in the Kuwaiti voters' approach to politics."
Kuwaiti journalist Sajed Abdali agreed, saying the elections were "a big surprise. What made it a surprise are the number of female winners and the advanced positions they were able to secure."