Date
28 July 2017
Saudi women leave a polling station after casting their votes in municipal elections Sunday in Riyadh. Photo: Reuters
Saudi women leave a polling station after casting their votes in municipal elections Sunday in Riyadh. Photo: Reuters

Saudis elect 17 women in historic municipal elections

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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