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Saudi election ‘very tentative’ step to change

It may be a small step on the road to some kind of very modest political reform, but yesterday’s local election in Saudi Arabia’s capital hardly constitutes a move toward genuine democracy, analysts said. “The kingdom has no vision for democracy by any means,” said Toby Jones, a Cairo-based Gulf analyst for the International Crisis Group. “They stop well short of imagining — let alone talking about — a political future that is modelled on the democratic notion of full participation in institutions that operate separately and that they don’t have tight control over.”Full Story

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