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Saudi holds first ever election open to women

A Saudi woman casts her ballot in an election centre in the Saudi capital of Riyadh on December 12, 2015Covered from head to toe and driven by male guardians, Saudi women voted Saturday for the first time, in a tentative step towards easing sex discrimination in the ultra-conservative Islamic kingdom. In another first, women were allowed to stand as candidates in the polls for municipal councils, the country’s only elected public chambers. “Now women have a voice,” Awatef Marzooq told AFP after casting her ballot at a school in the capital.

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