Historic elections: Saudi women vote for first time
December 12 , 2015
Women in Saudi Arabia are voting for the first time in municipal elections.
In another first for the country, women also stood as candidates.
While 978 women registered as candidates, about 130,000 have registered to vote. The corresponding figures for Saudi men were 5,938 and 1.35 million respectively.
Saturday’s elections are rare to begin with, marking only the third time in history that the people of Saudi Arabia are casting their ballots.
Allowing women to participate in the electoral process was one of the key reforms introduced by the late King Abdullah.