Saudi King Abdullah has appointed women for the first time to a top advisory body, with decrees published on Friday marking a breakthrough in a kingdom that imposes stringent restrictions on females.
Saudi women shop at a local mall in Riyadh on August 18, 2012. Saudi King Abdullah appointed 30 women to the previously all-male consultative Shura Council in decrees published on Friday, marking a historic first as he pushes reforms in the ultra-conservative kingdom.
The historic decisions mean that 30 women will now be allowed to sit on the previously all-male 150-seat Shura Council, although females in Saudi Arabia are banned from driving and denied the right to travel without male consent.
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