Back in 2011, the late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud announced that Saudi women would be allowed to participate in the municipal elections for the first time. Observers said the move, which came with a set of political decisions, was a temporary response to the regional's political unrest, rather than real reform.
Indeed, women's participation was not allowed in the 2011 elections, amid claims of logistical difficulties. The grassroots "Baladi" campaign by women's rights activists to empower women for political participation had been active since 2010.
The campaign, however, was ordered shut shortly before the start of the 2015 elections.
Nevertheless, this latest round of municipal elections in Saudi Arabia is promising, and not only because of women's participation."
Read article by Hala Aldosari from Aljazeera.