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The blogosphere hails Kuwaiti women entering Parliament


Video by FRANCE 24

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2009-05-18

In this edition: Four women voted into Kuwait's parliament for the first time and the news is welcome on the Web; Chilean presidential candidate Marco Enriquez-Ominami creates a buzz; and the hidden side of Paris is unveiled online.


It’s a first. Women are going to enter the Kuwaiti Parliament thanks to elections organised on Saturday in the Emirate. Net users express their enthusiasm. 


These two local female bloggers posted messages on Sunday to express their pride. This one states that her country is ready for the change.


As affirmed by this English woman, this is a victory for Kuwaiti women, who have only enjoyed political rights since 2005. Parliament has been composed entirely of men for the last five decades.


Calls to vote also multiplied on the Web. This video campaign aimed to encourage citizens, and women in particular to voice their opinion.


The elected female candidates relied heavily on the Web for their campaign: groups on Facebook, accounts on Flickr and a channel on Youtube; most did all they could to make their presence felt online.

The Chilean presidential election takes place in seven months. Already a young explosive candidate, Marco Enriquez-Ominami has appeared in political circles. His lethal weapon is the Web. 


As soon as his candidacy was announced, this young 35-year-old voiced his desire to mobilise voters using the Net, to obtain the presidency.

To stand, this modern socialist, whose watchwords are the environment and solidarity, needs 36,000 signatures. He plans to collect them on Twitter & Facebook. On Facebook, he already has over 22,000 supporters.


Another campaign machine is this website where Net users can make donations or become campaigners. They can even vote for their future first lady: Marco’s wife is one of the choices. The young, smart blonde, former TV presenter Karen Doggenweiller is another asset.


Finally in this music video entitled, ‘Everything is possible’ Enriquez compares himself to Brazilian President Luiz Inacio da Silva and to US President Barack Obama. The former director flaunts himself as the candidate for change, compared with his competitors, who are all much older. 


Visiting the hidden side of the most beautiful city in the world, is now possible with This site offers photos of Paris, with the theme of urban exploration. You can see the Phantom St Martin metro stop and the former SNCF workshops. An original tourist trail.


Google, the giant internet search engine, has just launched its first TV advert, broadcast in the US. It advertises ‘Google Chrome’, its internet navigator. An ad whose message is the following: with Google Chrome, you only find the essential and not the superfluous!



Date created : 2009-05-18