Woman wins seat on Mecca municipal council in Saudi polls: official

Woman wins seat on Mecca municipal council in Saudi polls: official

RIYADH - A Saudi woman won a seat on Mecca's municipal council in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia's first-ever elections open to female voters and candidates, the country's election commission announced Sunday.

A Saudi woman casts her ballot at a polling station in the coastal city of Jeddah, on Dec 12, 2015.

Salma bint Hizab al-Oteibi was elected to the council of Madrakah, a region in the holy city of Mecca, the official SPA news agency reported, citing election commission president Osama al-Bar.

Saudi Arabia is an absolute monarchy with some of the world's tightest restrictions on women, including a ban on driving.

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