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Saudi Women on Ballot, Vote in Historic Election

Women in Saudi Arabia voted for the first time in the Dec. 12 municipal elections that also featured the country’s first women candidates for local council seats.
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Dr. Haifa al-Hababi, a candidate for Saudi municipal elections speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Riyadh, Dec. 11.
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Dr. Haifa al-Hababi, a candidate for Saudi municipal elections speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Riyadh, Dec. 11.

Saudi woman Fawzia al-Harbi, a candidate for local municipal council elections, shows her candidate biography at a shopping mall in Riyadh on Nov. 29, 2015.
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Saudi woman Fawzia al-Harbi, a candidate for local municipal council elections, shows her candidate biography at a shopping mall in Riyadh on Nov. 29, 2015.

Saudi women vote in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
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Saudi women vote in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

A woman gestures as she leaves a polling station after casting her vote.
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A woman gestures as she leaves a polling station after casting her vote.

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