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Saudis elect 17 women in landmark local council polls-news site

The election was the first in which women could vote and run as candidates.

By: Reuters | Riyadh | Updated: December 13, 2015 9:22:02 pm
saudi arabia, saudi election, women election, saudi first women election, women voters in saudi, local council poll, local council poll in saudi, saudi polls, female participation Saudi Arabians voted 17 women into public office in municipal elections. (Source: Reuters)

Saudi Arabians voted 17 women into public office in municipal elections in the conservative Islamic kingdom on Saturday, the first to allow female participation, a state-aligned news site reported on Sunday before all official results were announced.

The election was the first in which women could vote and run as candidates, a landmark step in a country where women are barred from driving and are legally dependent on a male relative to approve almost all their major life decisions.

Sabq.org, a news website affiliated with the autocratic monarchy’s Interior Ministry, reported that a total of 17 women had been elected in various parts of the country. Some results had been announced on the official Saudi Press Agency, including the victories of four women.

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