26 Sep '11, 1am

Saudi king gives women right to vote in historic first for the country

Saudi king gives women right to vote in historic first for the country

Saudi King Abdullah (above) on Sunday granted women the right to vote and run in municipal elections, in a historic first for the ultra-conservative country where women are subjected to many restrictions. -- PHOTO: AP RIYADH (AFP) - Saudi King Abdullah on Sunday granted women the right to vote and run in municipal elections, in a historic first for the ultra-conservative country where women are subjected to many restrictions. The 86-year-old monarch made the unexpected announcement that he had issued a decree to enfranchise women in a speech to the Shura Council broadcast live on state television. 'Starting with the next term, women will have the right to run in municipal elections and to choose candidates, according to Islamic principles,' said King Abdullah. 'We have decided that women will participate in the Shura Council as members starting the next term,' he added. Wo...

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