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.


  1. خطاب الملك عبدالله بن عبدالعزيز في مجلس الشورى 25/09/2011
  2. 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.

  3. 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.