• Woman wins seat on Mecca city council in Saudi polls

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    RIYADH: A Saudi woman won a seat on Mecca’s municipal council in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia’s first-ever elections open to female voters and candidates, the country’s election commission announced Sunday. Salma bint Hizab al-Oteibi was elected to the council of Madrakah, a region in the holy city of Mecca, the official SPA news agency reported, citing election commission president Osama al-Bar. Saudi Arabia is an absolute monarchy with some of the world’s tightest restrictions on women, including a ban on driving. It was the last country to allow only men to vote, and polling stations were segregated during Saturday’s vote.

    AFP

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