Posts Tagged King Abdullah

Do Not be Fooled

Saudi woman driver’s lashing ‘overturned by king’

Driving remains a banned activity for Saudi women, who will soon be allowed to vote

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has overturned a court ruling sentencing a woman to 10 lashes for breaking a ban on female drivers, reports say.

The ruling, although not officially confirmed, was tweeted by a Saudi princess and reported by AP news agency citing an unnamed official.

The woman, named as Shema, was found guilty of driving in Jeddah in July.

The sentence came two days after the king announced women would be allowed to vote for the first time in 2015.

Source: BBC News Read more

Opinion:

Do NOT be fooled. The sentence was overturned not for any humanitarian reason, nor was it the benevolence of the King.

There is a much darker and hidden agenda here.

Much the same as voting was allowed for Saudi women, it is a desperate attempt to keep the Arab Spring from Saudi Arabia. The King is well aware that an event such as this could be the spark that ignites the country

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Heading Them Off at the Pass

Women in Saudi Arabia to vote and run in elections

Saudi women face severe restrictions in their working and personal lives

Women in Saudi Arabia are to be given the right to vote and run in future municipal elections, King Abdullah has announced.

He said they would also have the right to be appointed to the consultative Shura Council.

The move was welcomed by activists who have called for greater rights for women in the kingdom, which enforces a strict version of Sunni Islamic law.

The changes will occur after municipal polls on Thursday, the king said.

King Abdullah announced the move in a speech at the opening of the new term of the Shura Council – the formal body advising the king, whose members are all appointed.

“Because we refuse to marginalise women in society in all roles that comply with sharia, we have decided, after deliberation with our senior clerics and others… to involve women in the Shura Council as members, starting from next term,” he said.

“Women will be able to run as candidates in the municipal election and will even have a right to vote.”

Cautious Reformer

The BBC’s world affairs correspondent Emily Buchanan says it is an extraordinary development for women in Saudi Arabia, who are not allowed to drive, or to leave the country unaccompanied.

She says there has been a big debate about the role of women in the kingdom and, although not everyone will welcome the decision, such a reform will ease some of the tension that has been growing over the issue.

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Opinion:

Clever move. There have already been murmurs in Saudi Arabia indicating it could follow Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen,  Syria, etc into the Arab Spring.

This small concession could quell such murmurings; sufficient to avoid much unpleasantness, because Saudi Arabia could have become a disaster like Syria or the Yemen. The male dominated Saudi world would not have gone down quietly.

Good defensive tactics. I am sure it had nothing to do with women’s rights.

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