Saudi Arabia to hold municipal elections without participation of women

Published March 22nd, 2011 - 10:02 GMT
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Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced it would hold municipal elections next month after a two-year delay. According to the AP, electoral commission director Abdul-Rahman al-Dahmash stated the voting will be held on April 23.

The kingdom held its first municipal elections in 2005. The term of the current municipal ends on 9 October. Half the seats are elected while the rest are appointed. The councils have little power and women are not allowed to run or vote.

The government said in 2009 it was delaying the election for two years to explore the possibility of allowing women to vote. But the government ministry in charge of the voting said Tuesday that women would not cast ballots next month.

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