Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology-Saudi Arabia

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology-Saudi Arabia

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Jan. 25: Heavy rain and flash floods killed 29 people in the city of Medina in the worst storms to hit Saudi Arabia in 20 years. [BBC, 1/25]

Jan. 30: Campaigning for the first municipal elections in the history of Saudi Arabia began. [AN, 1/31]

Feb. 10: Saudis voted in municipal elections in the capital city of Riyadh. Local elections are responsible for electing half of the 178 local council seats; the Saudi Crown Prince appoints the other seats. Local elections were scheduled to take place in the rest of the Kingdom in the following months. Women were not allowed to vote or run for the elected offices. [AN, 2/11]

Mar. 3: Saudi Arabian men in eastern and southern provinces cast their ballots in the second round of municipal elections in the Kingdom. More than 206,650 voters registered to choose among 800 candidates running in the eastern province, home of the Shi'ite minority in the country. [Al-Jazeera, 3/3]

Mar. 12: Saudi Arabia's Election Commission endorsed results of the election in Riyadh, after investigating and rejecting 24 complaints of election irregularities. …

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