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Saudi women to get right to vote

Women in Saudi Arabia are to be given the right to vote and run in municipal elections, King Abdullah has announced.

He said they would also have the right to be appointed to the consultative Shura Council.

The move was welcomed by activists who have called for greater rights for women in the kingdom, which enforces a strict version of Sunni Islamic law.

Emily Buchanan reports.

  • 25 Sep 2011
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