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Saudi Arabia held the first elections with women’s participation

On December 12 in Saudi Arabia for the first time held elections to the local self-government with the participation of women, both as voters and as candidates.

In these elections the nominations about five thousand men and 980 women. Among registered voters there are 1.35 million men and about 130 thousand women.

Women’s suffrage gave, the king Abdullah. In July 2014 Saudi Ministers approved the proposal of the monarch.

Conservative strata of Saudi Arabia remain opposed giving women voting rights, arguing that their place is at home and not in politics.

Note that for several years women are members of the Shura Council – the highest Advisory body of the Kingdom. However, its members are not elected but are appointed personally by the monarch. Local elections are the only form of expression for subjects of absolute monarchy.




Saudi Arabia held the first elections with women’s participation 12.12.2015

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