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Saudi Arabia: Call for a Boycott of Municipal Elections

(May 5, 2011) In a petition published on the Internet, 67 Saudi activists, journalists, and intellectuals called for a boycott of the upcoming Saudi municipal council elections scheduled for September 22, 2011. The signatories stated that they call on all those who are qualified to participate as candidates or voters to join them in the boycott. They attributed their taking action to the fact that “these municipal councils lack authority” and that “half of their members are appointed.” In addition, they objected to the fact that “women are excluded for the second time from participating” in the elections, which does not, in their opinion, facilitate “public participation in the decision-making process.” (Calls to Boycott Saudi Municipal Election, TAYYAR.ORG (May 2, 2011).)