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Savon Sanomat - Finland | Sunday, December 13, 2015

A glimmer of hope for women in Saudi Arabia

Seventeen women won seats in Saudi Arabia's first-ever municipal polls open to female voters and candidates on Saturday. This is a first step towards more rights for women in the country, the liberal daily Savon Sanomat hopes: "In Saudi Arabia's absolute monarchy the many-headed clan of King Salman has a tight grip on power. The municipal elections are the only elections, and the councillors elected mainly take decisions on things like refuse collection and road and park maintenance. … Whether a woman may vote or not is entirely up to the men, who make all the decisions about women's affairs. … The introduction of women's right to vote in the municipal elections is mainly aimed at improving the country's image abroad. The state leadership seems to have understood that the rest of the world doesn't approve of this glaring inequality. This hold out hope that things may at least gradually improve there."

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