[LMB] OT: Saudi Arabia more democratic than Barrayar

A. Marina Fournier saffronrose at me.com
Mon Sep 26 06:43:03 BST 2011

On Sep 25, 2011, at 9:20 AM, phoenix at ugcs.caltech.edu wrote:
> http://www.smh.com.au/world/saudi-king-gives-women-right-to-vote-20110925-1krzf.html
> "Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has announced he is giving women the right
> to vote and run in municipal elections, the only public polls in the
> ultra-conservative Gulf kingdom.
> He also announced on Sunday that women would have the right to join the
> all-appointed Shura (consultative) Council, in an address opening a new
> term of the council."

One step forward...

> Barrayaran women can drive and go outside on their own, so plus for
> them.

...and the rest of the body still in the past. Sigh. I was wondering if that would be addressed.

> OTOH, this is one version of what reform in a monarchy looks like.
> Create an appointed formally powerless consultative body; have low-level
> elections; have elections to the powerless consultative body; yield
> powers to the consultative body...  

and eventually retire the monarchy?

A. Marina Fournier
SaffronRose at me.com
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