Tuesday, September 27, 2011

King Abdullah Gives Saudi Women the Right to Vote

Election, King Abdullah, Sauidi Arabia, Vote, Women

Author: Bennie Hubbard
Published: September 27, 2011 at 12:18 am

First published on Technorati BY: Bennie Hubbard

Women in Saudi Arabia have welcomed the news they're to be given the right to vote and stand for election.

King Abdullah announced that the women of Saudi Arabia may finally have the right to vote in the elections of 2015 even though they have an election coming this Thursday.

This surprising announcement came in an annual speech before his advisory assembly, or Shura Council. It was made after he consulted with the nation's top religious clerics. He said he refused to marginalize women.

This is a huge leap forward on behalf of the Saudi women who can't currently travel or operate a vehicle without permission. This also gives them the power to become elected officials and take part in the nation's legislative and executive branches.

The King also stated that Saudi women would be appointed to the Shura Council, which was established in 1993 to offer counsel on general policies in the kingdom and to debate economic and social development plans and agreements signed between the kingdom with other nations. The Shura Council is currently headed by an assembly of all males.


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