King Abdullah has said in an annual speech before his advisory assembly that women will be able to vote and stand for election in the kingdom from 2015
Abdullah knows how to seize the initiative on Saudi Arabia's national day. In a
speech that will have far-reaching consequences for the kingdom and the region,
the king announced yesterday that women will for the first time be extended the
right to vote and hold office. Just one day after the UAE's largest Federal
National Council elections, the announcement is further indication the
political change happening in the region.