Seventeen Saudi women have been elected to public office in municipal elections in the first Islamic kingdom to allow female participation.
The news was announced by a state-aligned website before all the results of Sunday’s elections were made public, according to Reuters.
The elections were the first in which women could vote and run as candidates, a landmark step in a country where women are barred from driving and are legally dependent on a male relative to approve almost all their major life decisions.
Sabq.org, a news website affiliated with the autocratic monarchy’s interior ministry, reported that 17 women had been elected in various parts of the country.
Some results had been announced on the official Saudi Press Agency, including the victories of four women.
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