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Women Win the Right to Vote in Saudi Arabia

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Women are to be allowed to vote in Saudi Arabia.

King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz announced the change yesterday and also said women would be allowed to run in elections.

However, the new law will not come into force until 2015

The kingdom will hold its next municipal elections on Thursday, but women will not be able to vote or run in those contests.

Wajeha al-Huwaider, a women's rights activist, said: 'This is great news. Now it is time to remove other barriers like not allowing women to drive cars.'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2041686/Saudi-Arabias-King-Abdullah-gives-women-right-vote-2015.html

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Does voting even matter in these autocratic countires?

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Saudi Arabia granted women the right to vote for the first time in its modern history

as part of changes King Abdullah said will let them run in future municipal elections.

“We refuse to marginalize the role of women in Saudi society in every field of work,” Abdullah said yesterday on state television. “Women have the right to submit their candidacy for municipal council membership and have the right to take part in submitting candidates in accordance with Shariah.”

Saudi Arabia enforces gender restrictions interpreted from the Wahhabi version of Sunni Islam. Men and women are strictly segregated in public, including at schools, restaurants and lines at fast-food takeouts. That keeps women out of sales jobs in malls and stores, unless the outlet caters exclusively to a female clientele, and they are also barred from driving.

The king also said yesterday women can now be part of the Shoura Council, his advisory body. Abdullah, who was born in 1924, has promised to improve the status of women and opened the first co-educational university in 2009. He appointed the kingdom’s first female deputy minister, Nora bint Abdullah al- Fayez, the same year and has said he will provide women more access to jobs.

“We hope that with Saudi women going to the municipal council, they will be able to drive in the future,” Ibrahim al- Mugaiteeb, president of the Human Rights First Society, said in a phone interview from al-Khobar in eastern Saudi Arabia yesterday. “It is a huge step forward.”

Consulting Scholars

The Riyadh-based Shoura Council, a 150-member assembly, is appointed by the king to advise on legislation. The assembly consists of 12 committees, covering topics such as human rights, foreign affairs and energy. The council, whose current speaker is Abdullah Al al-Sheikh, is permitted to propose draft laws and present them to the king.

Abdullah said the decision was taken “after consultations with many of our scholars.” He said broader participation by women in society would contribute to national development.

Saudi leaders have failed to deliver on past promises to expand women’s rights. In 2005, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said women may be allowed to vote in future municipal elections. Instead, they have been excluded from the ballot on Sept. 29, when about 1.2 million men will elect 816 municipal council members.

Mohammed al-Qahtani, a Riyadh-based activist, said the expansion of the voting franchise masks a refusal by Saudi rulers to grant substantial power to the population.

‘Regime’s Reputation’

“The issue of women is the easy way out, because it can polish the regime’s reputation in the world,” he said in a phone interview yesterday. “People could have gotten the message that they will be enfranchised into the political system. That did not happen.”

Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter, was ranked the least democratic country in the Middle East in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2010 Democracy Index. An absolute monarchy, it has been ruled by six kings since it was established in 1932.

Yesterday’s announcement marks the second step the king has taken since June to address longstanding demands made by women. That month, the king issued a royal decree requiring that only women work in “shops selling women’s necessities.” The move triggered a Labor Ministry order to lingerie shops and make-up stores to switch their male staff with women.

Challenging Driving Ban

Women in Saudi Arabia got behind the wheels of their cars in June to challenge the authorities’ refusal to lift the world’s only ban on driving by females. The plan to get women with international driving licenses out in their cars followed a campaign that led to the detention of one of the activists, Manal al-Sharif.

In his last televised address to the nation in March, Abdullah ordered sweeping increases in spending, including $67 billion on housing and funds for the military and religious groups that backed the government’s ban on domestic protests.

The measures were aimed at ensuring that unprecedented unrest in the Middle East, where popular movements toppled leaders in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, didn’t spread to his kingdom. Violent clashes persist in Saudi Arabia’s neighbors, Yemen and Bahrain. Saudi Arabia didn’t experience political unrest, though there were limited protests held by the Shiite minority in the kingdom’s Eastern Province.

“We do not allow any threat to the national unity and security of society,” Abdullah said in the speech yesterday. “Reviving tribal pride and playing on the strings of sectarian conflict as well as labeling segments of society and using derogatory epithets and names are contrary to Islam.”

Saudi Arabia sent troops to Bahrain in March to help suppress protests led mostly by Shiite Muslims, a majority in Bahrain, calling for free elections and a constitutional monarchy. Security of the Gulf Cooperation Council states is “indivisible from the kingdom’s,” Abdullah said.

--With assistance from Sarah Abdullah in Jeddah, Donna Abu-Nasr in Manama, Bahrain, and Mourad Haroutunian in Riyadh. Editors: Andrew J. Barden, Steve Walsh, Ben Holland, Karl Maier.

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-09-26/king-abdullah-gives-saudi-women-right-to-vote-for-first-time.html

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lens dont ave it... this thing decided to give your already posted news, a more tabloidesqu title to get more views.

pisstake tbh...complete disrespeck

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so basically there husbands gets 2 votes then...

This

Though my girls Sister is in Saudi, and she will definitely be voting for who she wants

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Yet they still aint allowed to drive :lol:

Pissed.

Not really funny is it...

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Saudi has less car crashes per person than any other country

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Yet they still aint allowed to drive :lol:

Pissed.

Not really funny is it...

Well yes it is quite laughable... the excuse is stupid.

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terrible decision tbh

most women dnt have the mental capacity to vote

for example, their logic tends to be "im going to vote for that cameron fella, cos he's fit"

FUCKING IDIOTS

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Yet they still aint allowed to drive :lol:

Pissed.

Not really funny is it...

Well yes it is quite laughable... the excuse is stupid.

what excuse was given?

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Yet they still aint allowed to drive :lol:

Pissed.

Not really funny is it...

Well yes it is quite laughable... the excuse is stupid.

what excuse was given?

Scholars who have given the religious ruling claim that a woman driving would be open to harassment, sexual harassment and maybe even abuse.

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Lol how can they say it's a religious thing when the good book ws created long before cars were??

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Lol how can they say it's a religious thing when the good book ws created long before cars were??

Well apparently women driving allows free mixing... so technically it is a religious thing.

However, the prophet's wife wasn't banned from riding a camel back in the day so I don't know why they're being so extra.

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Lol how can they say it's a religious thing when the good book ws created long before cars were??

Well apparently women driving allows free mixing... so technically it is a religious thing.

However, the prophet's wife wasn't banned from riding a camel back in the day so I don't know why they're being so extra.

Either way it's a load of fucking bullshit

Middle east is scary, get caught slipping up there and you could get beheaded in a football stadium with a sword

Or stoned, which is also fucked for women. If you can escape you're let free, men are buried up to the waist/ chest, woman are buried up to the NECK

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Lol how can they say it's a religious thing when the good book ws created long before cars were??

Well apparently women driving allows free mixing... so technically it is a religious thing.

However, the prophet's wife wasn't banned from riding a camel back in the day so I don't know why they're being so extra.

Either way it's a load of fucking bullshit

Middle east is scary, get caught slipping up there and you could get beheaded in a football stadium with a sword

Or stoned, which is also fucked for women. If you can escape you're let free, men are buried up to the waist/ chest, woman are buried up to the NECK

That's the Sharia Law for you. Madness.

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Lol how can they say it's a religious thing when the good book ws created long before cars were??

Well apparently women driving allows free mixing... so technically it is a religious thing.

However, the prophet's wife wasn't banned from riding a camel back in the day so I don't know why they're being so extra.

Either way it's a load of fucking bullshit

llow the feminist activist crap

the government are taking the steps to make their roads safer for all users and it's working. stop hating

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Can see why you're such a hit with the ladies

They must really get wet for those TN t shirts

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we're goin there yeah?

meandtanya.jpg

Your turn :Y:

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I don't know what that's supposed to represent

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= loads of pictures with a female you're probably not yacking

Actually you might be cuz she h'aint all dat

Your shit bars musta burnt her eyebrows off

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