Saudi Women Granted Right To Vote

If this is true it is a major step for one of the most repressive regimes in the world when it comes to women’s rights. From the Washington Post:

Saudi King Abdullah announced Sunday that the nation’s women will gain the right to vote and run as candidates in local elections to be held in 2015 in a major advancement for the rights of women in the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom.

In an annual speech before his advisory assembly, or Shura Council, the Saudi monarch said he ordered the step after consulting with the nation’s top religious clerics, whose advice carries great weight in the kingdom.

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One Response to Saudi Women Granted Right To Vote

  1. roopost says:

    That’s an interesting turn of events. It would appear even the House of Saud is mindful of the Arab Spring. I suspect however this is devoted more to maintenance of the status quo than an expansion of rights or transition to a liberal democracy/constitutional monarchy.

    Kind regards,

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