Saudi Arabia give women the vote

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Saudi Arabia give women the vote

Postby Phlegm » Mon Sep 26, 2011 4:40 pm

and they can raun for office but not for another four years.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld ... 3034.story

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia surprised his ultraconservative nation Sunday by announcing bold reforms that for the first time will give women the right to vote, run for local office and serve on the Shura Council, the king's advisory board.

The measures by an aging monarch who has battled Islamic hard-liners for years will marginally improve the standing of women in a country that still forbids them to drive or leave the house without their faces covered. The moves appear likely to enrage religious conservatives while advancing at least a veneer of change in one of the world's most repressive states.

"Because we refuse to marginalize women in society in all roles that comply with sharia [Islamic law], we have decided … to involve women in the Shura Council as members, starting from the next term," the king said in a five-minute speech to his advisors.

He added: "Women will be able to run as candidates" in the 2015 municipal election "and will even have a right to vote."


Odd wording in that last quoted statement.
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Re: Saudi Arabia give women the vote

Postby ruff » Mon Sep 26, 2011 9:39 pm

Pretty much means shit when you have a King and his royal family that control everything. Still a good heart warming attempt though.

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Postby Hamtown Dave » Mon Sep 26, 2011 11:37 pm

Damn, what will happen if they all get their periodicals around election time?

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Re: Saudi Arabia give women the vote

Postby yossarian » Wed Sep 28, 2011 8:52 am

The streets will run red

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Re: Saudi Arabia give women the vote

Postby Skoll » Wed Sep 28, 2011 11:10 am

It's all downhill from here...

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Re: Saudi Arabia give women the vote

Postby melpomene » Wed Sep 28, 2011 11:46 am

Nah, don't worry too much about the most backward fucking country in the world fingering the inviting wormhole of civilisation.

Yeah we'll let you vote...but you can fucking walk to the polling booth.

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Re: Saudi Arabia give women the vote

Postby Skoll » Wed Sep 28, 2011 12:29 pm

melpomene wrote:Nah, don't worry too much about the most backward fucking country in the world fingering the inviting wormhole of civilisation.


You sound pretty xenophobic.

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Re: Saudi Arabia give women the vote

Postby Dan Last » Thu Sep 29, 2011 3:48 am

I'd be scared of aliens too.
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Re: Saudi Arabia give women the vote

Postby steeltoedsneakers » Thu Sep 29, 2011 5:25 pm

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Re: Saudi Arabia give women the vote

Postby Marrow » Thu Sep 29, 2011 5:58 pm

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