Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement termed the step as a “step in the right direction” for the desert kingdom.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, further described it as “an importanat positive step forward which raised hopes”. This participation of women in the political process, though largely a symbolic measure and long-awaited, was still quite significant by Saudi Arabia standards. The country undoubtedly was inching forward, though slowly, Zed added.
Zed pointed out that women had made significant contributions to Saudi society and this step would further their roles in the advancement of the country and world. In June last, Saudi Arabia announced allowing its women to compete in the Olympics for the first time. In September 2011, Saudi Arabia announced giving right to women to vote and run in future municipal elections from next term in 2015.
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