European Union welcomes Saudi political reforms

Ahram Online , Wednesday 28 Sep 2011

Spokesperson welcomes move on women's political participation amid outcry over woman sentenced to 10 lashes for driving illegally

The spokesperson of the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, Catherine Ashton, issued a statement on Monday in response to the move by Saudi King Abdullah on women’s political participation.

“The High Representative welcomes the announcement by His Majesty King Abdullah that Saudi women will be eligible from next year to take part in the Shura Consultative Council, and will be able to vote and run for office in the 2015 municipal elections.” She further expressed the need for Saudi authorities “to continue on the path towards equality between women and men in political, social and economic life.”

The move towards political reform in Saudi Arabia has been set back by the sentencing of a Saudi woman in Jeddah on Tuesday, condemned to 10 lashes for breaking the 1990 ban on driving, passed by the Ministry of Interior. 


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