Jewish woman appointed to Bahrain council

(JTA) — A Jewish woman was appointed to Bahrain’s main legislative body.

Nancy Khadhori, who has written extensively about Bahrain’s Jewish community, was appointed to the Shura, or consultative council, the upper house of the Arab country’s national assembly. The council members are appointed directly by the king of Bahrain.

Khadhori replaces Jewish council member Huda Nono, who left the council to become Bahrain’s ambassador to the United States.

"I am very happy to receive the royal trust," Khadhori told the French news agency AFP. "I hope I will be up to the responsibility."

Three other women were appointed to the council.

Only a few dozen Jews remain in Bahrain, Ynet reported. The Persian Gulf country is mostly Muslim and has a population of approximately 1.05 million.

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