A picture taken on Nov. 26, 2015 shows Nassima al-Sadah, a candidate for municipal councils in the Gulf coast city of Qatif, working at her office in Qatif 400 kilometers east of the Saudi capital, Riyadh. AFP PHOTO / STR
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Hundreds of Saudi women began campaigning for public office Sunday, in a first for women in the conservative Muslim kingdom's slow reform process even as two activists were disqualified.More than 900 women are standing alongside thousands of men in the Dec. 12 municipal ballot, which will also mark the first time women are allowed to vote.The country's first municipal elections were held in 2005, followed by another vote in 2011 .Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where women are not allowed to drive.The late King Abdullah said women would participate in this year's vote.Abdullah died in January and was succeeded by Salman, who stuck to the election timetable.About 7,000 people are vying for seats on 284 municipal councils, according to the Saudi electoral commission.
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