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Saudi Arabia elects its first female politician

Saudi Arabia elects its first female politician

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Editor: Faizal Dahlawia


Against a barrage of restrictions, women in Saudi have overcome all obstacles to find their voice within the government...

A Saudi woman has been elected into the municipal government for the first time in history. The candidacy comes after a landmark move to allow women in Saudi Arabia to vote as well as stand as candidates in the country's third ever elections.

Running against seven men and two women, Salma bint Hizab al-Oteibi became Saudi's first female politician, winning a seat in the municipal government of Madrakah in the city of Mecca. This is despite the prohibition of female candidates in addressing male voters directly. 

What makes the milestone victory even more significant is the fact that only 130,000 women had registered to vote, compared to 1.35 million men, signaling a shift within the Kingdom. 

Full results of the election are expected to be announced on Monday, December 14, 2105.

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