Saudi Arabia Elects First Woman Councillor

By : Kieron Curtis |


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In a landmark day for gender equality in Saudi Arabia, the kingdom has elected its first female councillor.

The vote that took place on Saturday was the first in the nation’s history to allowed for the inclusion of female candidates and voters.

According to BBC sources the election has returned victories for women candidates in several regions, but Salma bint Hizab al-Oteibi has been confirmed as victorious in Mecca province.


In total 978 female candidates stood alongside 5,938 men, and reportedly 130,000 women registered to vote with 1.35 million men intending to visit the ballot.


The right of women to vote was implemented by the late King Abdullah, who died in January. He was quoted on the issue as saying Saudi women “have demonstrated positions that expressed correct opinions and advice”.

When you consider that it was only the third recorded vote in the kingdom’s history, with no votes occurring between 1965 and 2005, it is hardly surprising that opposition still exists but thankfully no one can fight progress forever.