A woman has won a seat on a municipal council for the first time in Saudi Arabia, after the kingdom lifted its bar on women taking part in elections.
Salma bint Hizab al-Oteibi won a seat in Mecca province in Saturday’s vote, the electoral commission said.
The election was the first where women were allowed to vote and stand as candidates, and is being viewed as a landmark in the conservative kingdom.
Saudi women still face many curbs in public life, including driving.
A total of 978 women registered as candidates, alongside 5,938 men.
Officials said about 130,000 women had registered to vote in Saturday’s poll, compared with 1.35 million men.
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