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Saudi King Revokes Lashing Sentence Against Woman Who Drove - nofurylike - 09-29-2011 03:53 AM
By Glen Carey
September 29, 2011
Sept. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Saudi King Abdullah revoked a sentence of 10 lashes against a woman who broke a ban on women driving in the kingdom, a Saudi princess said yesterday on her Twitter account.
The overruling of the court sentence underscores the friction between Abdullah and the clerics in Saudi society, which is governed by a strict interpretation of Islamic law. The king says he wants to bring women into the workforce as part of an attempt to make the economy less dependent on oil.
King Strikes Back
“Saudi clerics are unhappy with the king’s announcement regarding Saudi women and the right to vote,” said Ted Karasik, director of research at the Dubai-based Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis. “The king and Royal Court have been successful at keeping the clerics at bay, but every once in awhile they voice their displeasure. The lashing sentence is an example of this thinking, but the king quickly struck back.”
Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter, was ranked the least democratic country in the Middle East in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2010 Democracy Index. An absolute monarchy, it has been ruled by six kings since it was established in 1932.
RE: Saudi King Revokes Lashing Sentence Against Woman Who Drove - jaxx - 09-29-2011 07:57 AM
It's a good day when sanity overrules the clerics.
RE: Saudi King Revokes Lashing Sentence Against Woman Who Drove - nofurylike - 09-30-2011 03:41 AM
i think that would be a maxim, yes?
wishing us many of those days!
thank you, jaxx!