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Saudi Arabia announces date for first female local elections

Women will for the first time be allowed to vote and run as candidates in municipal elections in the kingdom in December

Saudi Arabia announces date for first female local elections
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Saudi authorities have set the date for the first election to include female candidates and voters for December 12, Arab News reported.

The late King Abdullah announced last year women would be allowed to participate in politics at a local level for the first time.

Commentators have said while their inclusion is unlikely to have much impact on the day-to-day running of the conservative kingdom, it is a positive step.

Women were first allowed to participate in politics in February 2013, when 30 women were appointed to the king’s advisory body, the Shoura Council.

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