Women in Saudi Arabia to vote and run in elections

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    Women in Saudi Arabia to vote and run in elections

    25 September 2011

    BBC News
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    Saudi women face severe restrictions in their working and personal lives


    Women in Saudi Arabia are to be given the right to vote and run in future municipal elections, King Abdullah has announced.

    He said they would also have the right to be appointed to the consultative Shura Council.

    The move was welcomed by activists who have called for greater rights for women in the kingdom, which enforces a strict version of Sunni Islamic law.

    The changes will occur after municipal polls on Thursday, the king said.

    King Abdullah announced the move in a speech at the opening of the new term of the Shura Council - the formal body advising the king, whose members are all appointed.

    "Because we refuse to marginalise women in society in all roles that comply with sharia, we have decided, after deliberation with our senior clerics and others... to involve women in the Shura Council as members, starting from next term," he said.

    "Women will be able to run as candidates in the municipal election and will even have a right to vote."

    Cautious reformer

    The BBC's world affairs correspondent Emily Buchanan says it is an extraordinary development for women in Saudi Arabia, who are not allowed to drive, or to leave the country unaccompanied.

    She says there has been a big debate about the role of women in the kingdom and, although not everyone will welcome the decision, such a reform will ease some of the tension that has been growing over the issue.
    Saudi writer Nimah Ismail Nawwab told the BBC: "This is something we have long waited for and long worked towards."

    She said activists had been campaigning for 20 years on driving, guardianship and voting issues.

    Another campaigner, Wajeha al-Huwaider, said the king's announcement was "great news".

    "Now it is time to remove other barriers like not allowing women to drive cars and not being able to function, to live a normal life without male guardians," she told Reuters news agency.

    Correspondents say King Abdullah has been cautiously pressing for political reforms, but in a country where conservative clerics and some members of the royal family resist change, liberalisation has been very gradual.

    In May more than 60 intellectuals called for a boycott of Thursday's ballot saying "municipal councils lack the authority to effectively carry out their role".

    Municipal elections are the only public polls in Saudi Arabia.

    More than 5,000 men will compete in municipal elections on Thursday - the second-ever in the kingdom - to fill half the seats in local councils. The other half are appointed by the government.

    The next municipal elections are due in four years' time.

    Source: BBC News - Women in Saudi Arabia to vote and run in elections
     
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    What about promiscuity and teenage sex?
     
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    Yup ..vote and run in elections..

    And do run faster after voting..:laugh:

     
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    Teenage sex is allowed. A man can legally marry a 13 year old.
     
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    good job by the saudi king.

    good work.....where women get rights...the nation makes progress.
     
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    In another thread on this subject I posted a link to an article about a Saudi woman being flogged for driving a car.
     
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    I wonder what opposition the King is going to face for this? Would there be a revolt of the Wahabbi clerics and hardliners in his ranks, everything is very sketchy. The Hadiths say an Nation that is run by a women will never prosper, i wonder how they will circumvent such views from their holy books.
     
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    I wonder how will they reach to vote or to campaign ?

    just goes to show what kind of allies uncle yankee has in that region...democracy, freedom etc oh wait...
     
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    hadith is not a holy book. muslims are only supposed to follow the koran because it is compulsory. rest like hadiths are optional.

    but we all know how religious folk twist and mold everything.
     
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    In Saudi Arabia ,man can do anything woman can't
     
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    Tell that to men that get there ****s, necks, hands chopped off.
     

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