WEB DESK: Hundreds of Saudi women began campaigning for public office Sunday, in a first for women in the Muslim kingdom’s slow reform process even as two activists were disqualified.
More than 900 women are standing alongside thousands of men in the December 12 municipal ballot, which will also mark the first time women are allowed to vote.
“I’ve been eliminated as a candidate for the municipal elections,” Loujain Hathloul said in a tweet. “I will be filing my objection via the appropriate channels.”
Saudi authorities detained Hathloul for more than two months after she tried to drive into the kingdom last December from United Arab Emirates, in defiance of a Saudi ban on female motorists.
She could not immediately be reached but earlier told AFP that she wanted to run “to increase the percentage of women’s participation”. Nassima al-Sadah, a human rights activist and would-be candidate in the Gulf coast city of Qatif, said officials informed her late Saturday that her name had been removed from the list.