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King Abdullah allows Saudi women to stand as candidates in council elections

King Abdullah allows Saudi women to stand as candidates in council elections

Starting in 2015

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According to local media reports, Saudi Arabia is to allow women to vote and stand as candidates in upcoming council elections

According to Arab News in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Council of Ministers has today approved legislation that would allow women to take part in upcoming municipal council elections. The news comes after the appointment of the first female figurehead in banking earlier this year.

Previously women could not vote or stand as candidates, in line with strict laws which also include other restrictions such as gender dictating being able to drive or interacting with others who are not related to them. Women were omitted during the 2011 election, however now Saudi ruler King Abdullah has ordered that women should be allowed to take part in forthcoming elections from 2015.