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'Proud' women win seats in historic Saudi vote

A Saudi woman casts her ballot in the capital Riyadh on December 12, 2015 as the nation allowed women to vote for the first timeAt least 14 women won municipal council seats in Saudi Arabia’s first ever election open to female voters and candidates, officials said Sunday, far exceeding expectations in the ultra-conservative kingdom. Honestly, we weren’t expecting anyone to win,” said Sahar Hassan Nasief, a women’s rights activist in the Red Sea city of Jeddah. “We need more,” said Aljazi al-Hossaini, who was defeated in Diriyah on the edge of Riyadh, where three women won seats, according to Saudi news channel Al-Ekhbaria.

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