Saudi "Democracy"

(Jerusalem Post) Saad Eddin Ibrahim - In mid-February, roughly 40,000 Saudis are expected to compete for 1,700 seats in 178 municipal councils. By the standards of Western democracies, the Saudi municipal elections are an extremely modest affair. But in the Saudi context they are a real breakthrough. For Saudi Arabia is a country in which both rulers and ruled are equally arch-conservative, adhering, for the last two centuries, to the puritanical Wahhabi doctrine of Islam.

2005-01-19 00:00:00

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