September 26th, 2011
11:54 AM ET

Questions follow Saudi king's promise on women's rights

A day after Saudi King Abdullah announced greater political participation for women in the future, some Saudis questioned just how big a change may really be on the horizon.

Some women's rights activists who were initially elated by Sunday's announcement said they were feeling disappointed because the changes do not kick in immediately. "We don't really think now that we've been promised a real right," said one.

But a member of Saudi Arabia's Consultative Council called one of the changes the king announced "hugely important."

King Abdullah announced two changes Sunday, which would be historic for Saudi Arabia. He said women will be allowed to serve as members of the Shura Council, the Consultative Council that advises the king. Its 150 members are appointed.

The king also said women will be allowed to run as candidates and nominate candidates in the next set of municipal elections. It is unknown when those may ultimately take place.

The changes do not apply to elections scheduled for this Thursday - which will be only the second set of elections in the kingdom since 1963.

While the king did not use the word "vote" in his remarks, allowing women to take part in the nomination process would amount to voting within Saudi Arabia's system.


Filed under: Saudi Arabia • World
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Alabama Man

    Well. They have the right to fix me some bacon and eggs afore I get home from work. Thats the only rights they need. Fix me some bacon you lazy woman.

    September 26, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Alabama Man

    Well. They need to quit sitting around watching Oprah all day and get to work fixing me up some supper.

    September 26, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Alabama Man

    or pork chops. she could fry me up some pork chops.

    September 26, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RUFFNUTT ( Saudi King & kcmo resident )

    they now have the right to wait to do the dishes till the mourning.
    and women will be allowed to vote,,, in 2050..

    September 26, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. lil joe

    The 19th Amendment ruined the US. Hope they dont make the same mistake we did.

    September 26, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Well the 19th Amendment won the women of US their rights after a long struggle in August 1920.
    Although this nation was founded on Enlightment ideals of Liberalism in July 1776. The women were emancipated a century & a half later.
    Saudi women would win their rights too. Time has arrived for them.

    September 26, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. canady in

    Thank GOD we dont let wimmen vote in Canada The Beautiful.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mormon

    Well we dont let them vote here in Utah. Our women know their place. They are respectful and are taught morals.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. s kel

    gimmi my damm beer woman.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mr. President

    My wife would hurt me if I say anything. Just buy her a big TV so she can watch "The View". That will keep her of the streets

    September 26, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©


    Well, the women in Saudi Arabia really have quite a wait..48 years worth...that's a lotta years to be breeding the next pack of oppressive women haters.



    September 26, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
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    September 26, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mmmmm's deluxe breakfast

    Ooo-baby, I'll scramble yall eggs and fry yall bacon and give yall ya beer. Ittle be spiked with soooo much southern comfort, I promise ya won't be needin' seconds...EVER....

    September 27, 2011 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  14. Andreas Moser

    This is nothing more than a publicity stunt and an empty promise. What's the point of elections if there is NO parliament in Saudi Arabia? =>

    September 27, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
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    September 28, 2011 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
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