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Saudi king appoints 30 women to Shura Council

Saudi King Abdullah has appointed women for the first time to a top advisory body, with decrees published marking a breakthrough in a kingdom that imposes stringent restrictions on females

Saudi king appoints 30 women to Shura Council
Saudi women arrive at a shopping mall in Riyadh on January 12, 2013. Saudi King Abdullah has appointed women for the first time to a top advisory body, with decrees published marking a breakthrough in a kingdom that imposes stringent restrictions on females. (AFP/Getty Images)
Saudi king appoints 30 women to Shura Council
Saudi women leave a shopping mall in Riyadh on January 12, 2013. Saudi King Abdullah has appointed women for the first time to a top advisory body, with decrees published marking a breakthrough in a kingdom that imposes stringent restrictions on females. (AFP/Getty Images)
Saudi king appoints 30 women to Shura Council
Saudi women arrive at a shopping mall in Riyadh on January 12, 2013. Saudi King Abdullah has appointed women for the first time to a top advisory body, with decrees published marking a breakthrough in a kingdom that imposes stringent restrictions on females. (AFP/Getty Images)
Saudi king appoints 30 women to Shura Council
Saudi women arrive at a shopping mall in Riyadh on January 12, 2013. Saudi King Abdullah has appointed women for the first time to a top advisory body, with decrees published marking a breakthrough in a kingdom that imposes stringent restrictions on females. (AFP/Getty Images)
Saudi king appoints 30 women to Shura Council
Saudi women arrive at a shopping mall in Riyadh on January 12, 2013. Saudi King Abdullah has appointed women for the first time to a top advisory body, with decrees published marking a breakthrough in a kingdom that imposes stringent restrictions on females. (AFP/Getty Images)
Saudi king appoints 30 women to Shura Council
A Saudi woman arrives at a shopping mall in Riyadh on January 12, 2013. Saudi King Abdullah has appointed women for the first time to a top advisory body, with decrees published marking a breakthrough in a kingdom that imposes stringent restrictions on females. (AFP/Getty Images)
Saudi king appoints 30 women to Shura Council
A Saudi woman arrives at a shopping mall in Riyadh on January 12, 2013. Saudi King Abdullah has appointed women for the first time to a top advisory body, with decrees published marking a breakthrough in a kingdom that imposes stringent restrictions on females. (AFP/Getty Images)