Women vote for the first time in Saudi Arabian history, and some are elected
Over the weekend, women in Saudi Arabia went to the polls for the first time in the country’s history. They were also allowed to run as candidates and more than 900 women were on the ballots. Voters elected representatives to the local councils, the only elected representation that exists in Saudi Arabia. The local councils help determine the budgets and important priorities on things like schools and roads and other key local issues. A number of women managed to win seats. We’ll examine the results and take a look at what may and may not change now that women are included in the election process with David Ottaway, a Middle East fellow at the Wilson Center. He’s just returned from Saudi Arabia.
(Photo: Associated Press/Aya Batrawy)