Saudi women granted right to vote
In a surprising move, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia announced Sunday that women will be allowed to vote and run at the upcoming municipal elections. Women will also be appointed to the consultative Shoura Council, which serves as a parliament in the conservative Kingdom.
An announcement about women driving was what many Saudi women were expecting, so the the news about allowing women to run and vote in municipal elections and serve on the Shoura Council took everyone by surprise. Saudi citizens on Twitter reacted with excitement.
- — AmeerahAltaweel (@AmeerahAltaweel)Sun, Sep 25 2011 04:29:52OMG finally. girls, NOW, not only we can vote we can run in Municipal Elections. Love you so much King AbdulAllah. you truly empower us
- — erin_pelton (@erin_pelton)Sun, Sep 25 2011 11:03:03NSC spokesman: we welcome Saudi King announcement that women will serve as full Shura members/participate in municipal elections. #Saudi
- — RasheedsWorld (@RasheedsWorld)Sun, Sep 25 2011 15:56:20US National Security Council commenting on Saudi women's rights- White House Statement on Saudi's Reforms 1.usa.gov/nm16ci
However, not everyone shared the excitement. They pointed out that women in Saudi Arabia still can't drive, and they are still under male guardianship rules.
- — Super_Eman (@Super_Eman)Sun, Sep 25 2011 08:45:03
- — lauralynchworld (@lauralynchworld)Sun, Sep 25 2011 23:39:00Women's right to vote and run in an election years away for councils with little or no power. Democratic reform #Saudi style?
- — MFQahtani (@MFQahtani)Sun, Sep 25 2011 04:46:56
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