French far-right National Front, Le Pen, come up mostly empty in regional elections

December 14, 2015 4:57 AM

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French far-right National Front, Le Pen, come up mostly empty in regional elections

On Saturday, women voted for the first time ever in Saudi Arabia, in the first election where women could run as candidates, and on Sunday, Saudi electoral authorities said that more than a dozen women had won seats on local councils. The 20 candidates who won, according to The Associated Press' tally, will serve on municipal councils in big cities and small villages, conservative regions and the cosmopolitan urban center Jeddah. The 284 local councils, the only elected bodies in the conservative kingdom, address municipal problems, often in an advisory role, and a third of the council seats are appointed by the government.

The election of women, and women's suffrage, were greeted a big step forward in Saudi Arabia, but the 20 women will only make up less than 1 percent of the elected council members and women are still not allowed to drive or make important decisions about college, marriage, or travel without the lega...

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