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Saudi allows women right to vote
Saudi Arabia will allow women to stand for election and vote, the king announced on Sunday, in a significant policy shift in the conservative Islamic kingdom.
September 25, 2011 4:07 by Reuters
…the elections are for only half the seats on councils that have few powers.
The Shura Council, which vets legislation but cannot veto it or enforce changes, is fully appointed by the king.
“Despite the issue of the effectiveness of these councils, women’s involvement in them was necessary. Maybe after women join there will be other changes,” said Naila Attar, who organised a campaign Baladi (Arabic for My Country) calling for women’s involvement in the municipal council elections.
“I believe this is a step to involve women in the public sphere. It is the top of the pyramid and a step in the direction for more decisions regarding women.” (By Asma Alsharif)
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