New Saudi Shoura Council to have 15 women
Wednesday, 09 January 2013
RIYADH: The new Saudi Shoura Council will have at least 15 women members or 10 percent of its 150 total number of members, informed sources told the Saudi daily (Arab News).
Abdullah Omar Naseef, former vice president of the Shoura, said the names of new Shoura members including women are likely to be announced next week. "According to the law, the new members are supposed to be announced on January 15," he told the Arab News.
In September 2011, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz announced that women would be appointed on the Shoura and allowed to vote and contest municipal elections.
Prominent personalities have been nominated to take up the challenging position. All of them hold doctorate degrees in various specializations and work as consultants at the Shoura. (QNA)