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Saudi women will be allowed to run or vote in 2015 elections without a male guardian's approval, in new first

Saudi women will be allowed to run or vote in 2015 elections without a male guardian's approval, in new first

A Saudi official says for the first time, women in the conservative kingdom will not need a male guardian's approval to run or vote in municipal elections in 2015. -- PHOTO: AP RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - A Saudi official says for the first time, women in the conservative kingdom will not need a male guardian's approval to run or vote in municipal elections in 2015. Shura Council member Fahad al-Anzi says that approval for women has already come from the Saudi king. The country's Shura Council is an all-male consultative body with no legislative powers. The state-run al-Watan newspaper announced the change Wednesday. Even so, women in Saudi Arabia cannot travel, work, study abroad, marry, get divorced or gain admittance to a public hospital without permission from a male guardian. While King Abdullah has pushed for some changes on women's rights, he has been cautious not t...

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