By Beth Gardiner Associated Press Writer
LONDON Feb 23, 2005 — Women may be allowed to vote in future Saudi Arabian elections, but such political reforms must be implemented "gradually," the kingdom's foreign minister said Wednesday.
The Gulf nation, an absolute monarchy, recently held its first regular election, for city council members. But the vote was open only to men.
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, in London for meetings with British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and other officials, said his country's election commission had recommended women participate in the next vote.
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Personally, I don’t have a problem with gradual implementation of steps towards self rule in KSA as long as the progression takes place and women are included. So this is a good sign. There can be no doubt that the purple fingers exhibited to the world were a powerful symbol in the Middle East. It’s even more powerful with it’s held up by a woman. It’s a real shame the MSM didn’t provide more coverage of women voting in Afghanistan, but I’ll settle for the pictures that did make it out of Iraq.
The Purple Finger Phenomena Prevails!