Saudi Arabia

Saudi King Gives Women Seats on Advisory Council

Latest baby step towards gender equality

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Saudi king has granted women seats on the country's top advisory council for the first time.

Saudi Arabia's official news agency said Friday that King Abdullah issued a royal decree granting women seats on the 150-member Shura Council. The council has the authority to review laws but can't propose or veto legislation.