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Saudi Women Get More of a Voice as Economy Needs Boost

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At a workshop on an ordinary summer’s day in Riyadh, prospective candidates in local elections are limbering up: one wants to help kids, one improve living conditions in the Saudi capital, another become a political role model.

Even in a kingdom with few occasions for voting, the scene would be unremarkable save for one aspect that would have made it unthinkable just five years ago.