Saudi king: women's suffrage in 2015
Saudi king: Women given right to vote for first time in 2015 nationwide local elections
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi King Abdullah has given the kingdom’s women the right to vote for first time in nationwide local elections, due in 2015.
The king said in an annual speech on Sunday before his advisory assembly, or Shura Council, that Saudi women will be able to run and cast ballots in the 2015 municipal elections.
Abdullah says women will also be appointed to “join the all-male” Shura Council, which is selected by Abdullah.
Saudi Arabia held its first-ever municipal elections in 2005.
The kingdom will hold its next municipal elections on Thursday, but women are not able to vote or run at this time.