World Saudi Arabia Elects Up to 19 Women In Historic Election



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At least 19 Saudi women emerged victorious in Saturday’s historic local elections in which females in this religiously conservative kingdom were allowed to cast votes.

Observers said that the election win marks a breakthrough in the conservative kingdom.


The Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs and Head of the General Elections Committee Abdullatif bin Abdulmalik Al-Al-Sheikh, announced that 2,106 candidates had won seats after elections that saw 47-per-cent voter turnout.

He said that not less than 702, 000 Saudis voted on Saturday, including 106,000 women out of 130,000 registered, meaning almost 82 per cent female participation.