Saudi Elections

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A first for Saudi Arabia Friday.

Saudis in the Riyadh region will vote in the country's first-ever, Democratic-style, national election. Voters will cast ballots behind curtains for municipal council candidates who staged Western-style campaigns, and then drop their ballots into internationally acceptable ballot boxes.

One thing that hasn't changed is the role of women in the process. It doesn't exist. Women aren't allowed to either vote or run for office.

The Saudi labor minister calls the vote "a pioneering experience," adding its success will determine future steps in the voting process.

The State Department is applauding the vote, but says all Saudis should be allowed to participate.

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