Skip to comments.Saudi Arabia gives women the vote... but not until 2015
Posted on 09/25/2011 6:57:49 PM PDT by Niuhuru
Women are to be allowed to vote in Saudi Arabia. K ing Abdullah bin Abdulaziz announced the change yesterday and also said women would be allowed to run in elections.
However, the new law will not come into force until 2015. In a speech, the king said the move was in accordance with sharia law.
(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...
Yeah, cool. If things are screwed up over there now, just wait.
Hehe, still bitter over women electing Obama? :)
But must by driven male family members to the polling place because the still don’t have the right to drive a car. Can they fill out the ballot with out an escort. I don’t know but this should be a real question because of Saudi Arabia history.
That would be distilling it to its bare essentials, although I wouldn't say I'm bitter.
Interesting. Thanks for posting.
Perhaps I am merely jaded and cynical, but I have to wonder what his angle is.
Could it be that he sees Saudi Arabia being subject to the same civil disturbances that has swept through much of the Muslim world recently? Could it be that he doesn’t see a solution in becoming a more hard-line ultra-religious leader, but instead is trying to hedge his bets should he be forced to flee to the west?
“See, I’m not one of those evil, radical terrorist muslims like those ones that just stole my country and all of its oil wealth. No, see, I’m a humanitarian leader that was unjustly deposed... just send in your troops and get my nation back and we can go on being friends.”
Though you are right, this IS a big step. It will not go down well with the Wahabbis who share power in Saudia. This may lead to the overthrow of the Saudi family. Then Saudia will descend into chaos (as it is a number of different regions and tribes conquered by the SAud family)
I think he’s following what the Bahrainis did some years ago. This is a way to let off some of the pressure against the Saudi regime.
In tha article, it states that the King did this with the blessing of the religious clerics that carry great influence. It also states that women will be able to be chosen as candidates to become members of the religious council, which would not be announced without the cooperation and blessing of the highest level of clerics in the country.