Welcoming Women's Participation in the Saudi Municipal Election

Press Statement
John Kirby
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 13, 2015

Yesterday, Saudi Arabia conducted its first municipal election in which both men and women registered as candidates and voted. We congratulate the many men and women across the country who won seats and applaud the nearly1000 women who ran and participated as candidates.

The participation of women represents an important step forward in Saudi Arabia toward a more inclusive electoral process that will ensure all citizens are represented in a government accountable to all Saudi citizens.

As we have long said, the inclusion of all citizens in voting and governance is critical to the prosperity, stability, and peace of all nations, and we welcome this historic milestone.