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Saudi Arabian municipal elections, 2015

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Municipal elections in Saudi Arabian towns and cities are planned for 2015.[1] Following men-only elections in 2005 and 2011, women will be able to participate in the 2015 election, according to King Abdullah.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Half the seats in municipal councils in Saudi Arabia have been chosen in men-only elections since 2005. The councils have "little power".[2][3] Saudi Arabian women campaigned for the right to participate in the 2011 elections,[4][5] organising through the "Baladi" (My Country) and Saudi Women's Revolution[6] campaigns for women's right to participate.[4] Several women tried to register as electors in Jeddah,[7] Riyadh and Dammam.[8] A few days before the 2011 election took place, King Abdullah announced that women would be able to participate as voters and candidates in 2015 election.[1][9]

ResultsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Saudis vote in municipal elections, results on Sunday". Oman Observer/AFP. 2011-09-30. Archived from the original on 2011-12-14. Retrieved 2011-12-14. 
  2. ^ "Saudi Arabia to hold elections next month after year and a half delay". Toronto: Toronto Star/AP. 2011-03-22. Archived from the original on 2011-03-22. Retrieved 2011-03-22. 
  3. ^ "Women remain barred from voting as Saudi Arabia announces elections". The National (Abu Dhabi)/AP/Bloomberg. 2011-03-23. Archived from the original on 2011-03-22. Retrieved 2011-03-22. 
  4. ^ a b Abu-Nasr, Donna (2011-03-28). "Saudi Women Inspired by Fall of Mubarak Step Up Equality Demand". Bloomberg L.P. Archived from the original on 2011-04-02. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  5. ^ "In aim to start casting their votes Saudi women aim to create their own municipal council". Al Arabiya. March 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-04-02. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  6. ^ Kareem, Mona (2011-03-18). "The Saudi Women Revolution Statement". Archived from the original on 2011-04-06. Retrieved 2011-04-06. 
  7. ^ "Voters register for Saudi municipal elections". Al Jazeera English. 2011-04-23. Archived from the original on 2011-04-25. Retrieved 2011-04-25. 
  8. ^ Shaheen, Abdul Nabi (2011-04-26). "Saudi women defy ban to register for polls". Gulf News. Archived from the original on 2011-04-25. Retrieved 2011-04-25. 
  9. ^ Saudi king: Women can vote in local elections

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