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Saudi Arabia for 1st time allows women to vote, become candidates in local elections

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In Saudi Arabia, women have been allowed to vote and become candidates in local elections for the first time. The campaign for 284 municipal councils began on Decembar 2015. The electoral commission said that 979 women are among the 6,917 registered candidates.

In Riyadh, candidates obtained campaign permits, which were processed separately for men and women. Saudi Arabia held municipal elections in 2005 and 2011, but only men were allowed to take part.

With the participation of women in the municipal elections, the Saudi Arabian government apparently wants to show to other countries that social participation of its women is expanding. The voting will take place on December 12, 2015.