Women just participated for the first time in Saudi Arabia’s elections, as both voters and candidates on Saturday. About 980 female candidates ran for municipal council seats though many were not expected to win, outnumbered 6-1 by male candidates, according to the Associated Press. 130,000 women compared to 1.35 million men registered to vote, reports Chas Danner.

It’s possible, however, that some women may later be appointed to the remaining open seats based on their expertise, since elections only fill approximately 65% of the country’s 3,000 or so council seats.

Read more at New York Magazine


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