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Women will not be able to participate in Saudi Arabi's first nationwide elections because authorities in the strictly segregated country did not have enough time to prepare for both sexes to run and vote, the head of the elections committee said Tuesday.
Prince Mansour also could not say whether women would be allowed to take part in the next round of municipal elections in 2009, stressing that would be up to the committee planning those polls.
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You'll note that while they're now claiming that there's 'not enough time' to prepare to allow women to vote, apparently five years will not be time enough.