Sunday, September 25, 2011

King Abdullah: Saudi Arabia women can vote, hold elected office in 2015

King Abdullah: Saudi Arabia women can vote, hold elected office in 2015:

My friends watching the Kingdom will have to deconstruct this one for me.
Woman will soon be able to vote in Saudi Arabia, but they still can't drive a car.

Saudi King Abdullah announced on Sunday that not only will females be allowed to vote in municipal elections in that Middle Eastern country, they will also be allowed to hold office, according to news outlets in the region.

"Because we refuse to marginalize women in society in all roles that comply with Shariah, we have decided, after deliberation with our senior ulema and others to involve women in the Shoura Council as members in line with the Shariah regulations, starting from the next term," the king said in an address to the Shoura Council in Riyadh, according to the English-language Arab News.

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