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UAE names first woman judge.

ABU DHABI: The UAE yesterday got its first woman judge. UAE President Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahayan, acting in his capacity as ruler of Abu Dhabi, named Kholoud Ahmad Jouan Al Dhaheri as a judge in the emirate, the official WAM news agency reported.

The move made the UAE the second Arab country in the Gulf after Bahrain to name a female judge.

The appointment reflects "the government's keenness to involve women in the development drive" and "boost their role in society," said Sultan Saaed Al Badi, a senior official of Abu Dhabi's judiciary.

"I will endeavour to perform my functions with utmost (competence) ... in order to provide a successful model of Emirati women working in the judiciary," Dhaheri said.

The new judge graduated in Islamic law from UAE University and has been a practicing lawyer for eight years, the news agency said.

The UAE cabinet includes four women. Nine women also sit on the 40-member Federal National Council, an assembly that advises the government.

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Date:Jun 11, 2008
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