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Afghan president nominates female judge to the Supreme Court

6/30/2015 4:52:52 PM

Kabul: Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani nominated Anisa Rasouli , a female judge to the Supreme Court on Tuesday. The President’s nomination is an unprecedented move that has enraged some Islamic conservatives in the country. 

Anisa Rasouli, the head of the Afghan Women Judges Association and a former juvenile court judge, was the only female nominated to the nine-member bench after the announcement was delayed due to opposition by a group of Islamic conservatives earlier this month.

While speaking to a gathering of diplomats and women's rights activists Ghani said, "I'm proud to announce that for the very first time I have nominated a woman to the Supreme Court".

The President further added, "Appointing a woman to the Supreme Court does not alter the judicial system. We do have full support of the Ulema (Islamic scholars) for it".

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